With CMS and other community partners, Renaissance West Community Initiative launched a cradle-to-career education continuum within the former Boulevard Homes neighborhood in response to the poverty, unemployment and crime that had plagued the neighborhood.
Over one year, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will train 7,000 parents, caregivers, reading buddies and non-profit staff on active reading, one of the most effective ways to improve literacy.
In summers 2014-16, UrbanPromise elementary school students grew an average of three months in their reading ability, and 90% of students improved or maintained their reading ability.
Winterfield Elementary’s BEAR Bag literacy initiative imparts early literacy skills and improves K-3 students’ exposure to the English language.
Students enrolled in WINGS for kids after school program have significantly higher math & reading scores, better grades, improved school attendance, and reported higher self-esteem and less anxiety than non-WINGS students. In the 2016-17 school year, WINGS serves over 250 students at Bruns Academy and Walter G. Byers Elementary School in Charlotte.
Knowing that the ability to read transforms lives and changes outcomes for children, volunteers with Reading Partners tutor struggling K-4 readers. In Charlotte in 2015-16, 90% of the students served by Reading Partners increased their rate of literacy learning, with the average student more than doubling his or her rate of learning.
In 2015, over 2,800 CMS scholars from under-resourced communities avoided summer learning loss by attending BELL summer programs. Throughout the Carolinas, BELL served approximately 4,700 scholars in the two states, who made an average of two-months gain in reading and three-months gain in math.
81% of K-3 students in Y Readers summer program improve or maintain their reading level.
Augustine Literacy Project provides consistent, intensive one-on-one literacy instruction to low-income 1st and 2nd graders who struggle with reading.
95% of 1st – 3rd grade LEP students in Rising Readers maintained or improved their literacy skills.