Read by 4th 2016 Summer Literacy Initiative

Too many children in Philadelphia don't read enough—or at all—during the summer which causes them to lose months of valuable literacy skills. The Read by 4th initiative is asking camps throughout the city to incorporate literacy into their daily programming to help combat this "summer slide."

Participating camps will receive:

  • Read-aloud library (approximately 20 books).
  • Leveled library for independent reading (approximately 200-250 books).
  • Literacy games and activities.
  • Training for camp staff on read-aloud techniques and how to implement the provided literacy activities.
  • On-site support from a Literacy Coach to help implement the model.
  • End-of-summer report on the program's impact at your site.

Camp expectations:

  • Provide one hour of literacy-related activity, four days/week, for four weeks.
  • Camp staff will attend trainings and work with coach during the summer.
  • Collect data on enrollment and literacy-related activities.
  • $100 site fee for program costs.
  • $350 fee for independent reading library ($1,000 value).

Complete this survey to enroll your program.

We are also partnering with existing summer reading programs to be a part of the initiative, as we are all working toward the goal of providing children opportunities for reading and learning over the summer. If you are a reading program that does not need all of the support listed above, but would still like to be part of the initiative, email David Loeb at

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