Our city, and nation, are facing a literacy crisis. Right now, over 60% of our children are not reading at grade level by 4th grade in Philadelphia. That's thousands of children struggling in school, often feeling frustrated and ashamed. And likely to fall even further behind.
But we can change this. In fact, we already are.
Read by 4th is a citywide coalition of family, community, and systems leaders working together to increase the number of students in Philadelphia entering the 4th grade at reading level. Convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia since 2016, Read by 4th is here to ensure our children become the strong readers they deserve to be.