Girls Inc. of Carpinteria kicked off a new after-school reading and literacy program at Carpinteria Unified School District school sites and on the Girls Inc. Carpinteria campus this year. The Literacy Initiative is designed to provide age-appropriate literacy programs for K-3rd grade girls to help them succeed, launching them on a path to academic, social and lifetime achievement.
The goal of the program is to ensure young girls are reading at grade level by third grade. “Students who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are at risk of falling further behind than their peers in all subject areas,” says Victoria Juarez, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “Reading at grade level is one of the strongest predictors of later success, setting the foundation for future academic achievement. We’re excited to play a role in building this foundation and providing girls both in our program and within the school district with the skills to unlock their fullest potential so that they can thrive.”
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria launched the Literacy Initiative following a grant from Girls Inc. National, as part of a nationwide effort by Girls Inc. affiliates to support academic success in the girls and young women they serve. The program is now serving K-3rd grade girls in the organization’s after-school program and Kindergarten girls at Aliso Elementary School. Girls Inc. hopes to continue bringing on new groups of kindergarteners each year and to expand to other schools in the District.
“Aliso School is pleased to again team with Girls Inc. to benefit our youngest scholars’ literacy skills,” says Aliso Elementary School principal Holly Minear. “We are grateful Girls Inc. provides dedicated extended day instructional programming in our classrooms with our kindergarten students to further support our students’ language development, reading, and writing skills. We are confident this collaborative effort will positively impact our students’ learning now and in years to come.”
For more information about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria or the organization’s Literacy Initiative, please call 805/684-6364 or visit www.girlsinc-carp.org.