The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County lists the following as their 2010-2011 program outcomes for After School Reads:
- Training/modeling/observations were conducted for 320 staff members at 25 sites.
- 13 family reading nights were held with 365 adults and 533 children.
- More than 16,500 books were distributed through the After School Reads program and Readingis Fundamental.
- 95 percent of trained After School practitioners are fully implementing the KidzLit curriculum.
The impact of the After School Reads program has been revealed by the Acting Youth Program Supervisor, Jowie Mohammed by conveying the efforts of the City of Greenacres and the Literacy Coalition as they partner the After School Reads program since 2005.
The Acting Youth Program Supervisor indicated the initial trainings were with KidzLit curriculum that gave many new strategies and ideas about how they could link literature to other activities and make reading fun! KidzLit has sparked a tremendous interest in reading at this program. This year the third graders read more than 100 books, provided by the Literacy Coalition, within a month as part of a reading challenge. The implementation of the KidzLit strategies has helped the program achieve the highest Quality Improvement System (QIS) score in Palm Beach County.
Over the past few years the Youth Program has seen a significant increase in the FCAT scores of the children that participate in the work After School Reads program through KidzLit.
The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is on the move and communities in Palm Beach County are prospering positively as a result. Thanks Literacy Coalition of PBC!
Some interesting facts about the City of Greenacres:
Located 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in Southeast Florida, the City of Greenacres is home to approximately 37,873 residents and over 1,000 small and medium sized businesses. The City was founded in 1926, and today is the 8th largest city of the 38 municipalities in Palm Beach County.
The City of Greenacres is a well-planned, safe, and attractive community, with an efficient and effective local government. The City has earned a “Tree CityUSA” designation for 18 consecutive years by the National Arbor Day Foundation and in 2007, 2008 and 2010 was recognized as one of the 100 Best Communities for young people by America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth.
REF: Literacy Coalition of PBC Program Impact (See www.literacypbc.org)