Early Grade Literacy Program

Did you know that for every $5 donated to United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s Early Grade Literacy Program during Spring it On WNY, 2 preschool children will receive literacy kits or 10 children in grades kindergarten through third will receive a book to take home?

United Way set a fundraising goal of $500 in order to purchase literacy kits and books for preschoolers and children in kindergarten through third grade

Why Supporting Literacy is Important…

According to, Early Warning Confirmed, A Research Update on Third Grade Reading by The Annie E Casey Foundation, 2013

“…the price of failing to close the reading gap for children from low-income families is too steep in economic, social and human terms for this country to continue to pay.”

Why Third-Grade Reading Proficiency Matters…

Children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers.

The gap between struggling and fluent readers does not diminish over time.

Improvements in educational outcomes produce a long-term return to society of $8.24 for every dollar invested during the first four to six years of school, including prekindergarten.