Tehama Reads {School Readiness and Literacy}

Being prepared for higher education takes hard work, good educators and engaged parents. But it also requires our students to be ready to start school and reading proficiently by third grade. In Tehama county in 2010, 48% of our third grade students scored “proficient” to “advanced” on the 3rd grade CST Reading Test. We’d like to see that increase.

In 2011, Tehama Reads was born. A community committed to changing the trajectory of a child’s future through the power of early literacy development.

Did you know?

  • By age three, low-income children have heard 30 million fewer words than higher-income children.
  • Long term effects: 74% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of the third grade falter in the other grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.
  • Despite what studies show us, 6 in 10 babies and 5 in 10 toddlers are not read to regularly by parents or family members
  • The best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. Reading just 6 books will prevent the summer slide.

Examples of Activities

Many of our local schools are making this a top priority at their schools

  • Parent Forums at schools
  • Workshops and Guest Speakers
  • Marketing and Communication Support to Parent Organizations
  • Proactive Messaging
  • “Stop the Gap” Summer Resource Strategy
  • Trained Volunteers for classroom, intervention and literacy support
  • Establishment of a collaborative group representing education and community
  • Library Rejuvenation
  • Community Book Clubs, bookshelves and events
  • Campaign focusing on the moral responsibility of literacy

Measurable Outcomes

  • Increase Pre-K enrollment
  • 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency Increases

To learn more about Tehama Reads, contact Diane Ehrle at the Tehama County Department of Education

Tehama Reads links:

First 5: www.first5tehama.com

HeadStart: www.nccdi.com/about.php

Tehama County Library: www.tehamacountylibrary.org

Early Warning Signs Study