Page Ahead partners with elementary schools, pre-school programs such as Head Start and ECEAP, and social service agencies across Washington State to improve the reading and language skills of at-risk children.
Book Up Summer
Page Ahead’s Book Up Summer program gives young students the tools and incentive they need to read during summer vacation. Grounded in current literacy research, this evidence-based reading program is offered to high-poverty elementary schools through Page Ahead’s partnerships with school districts across Washington State. View the map here.
Book Up Summer gives students in kindergarten through second grade their choice of summer reading materials at no cost to the student. At book fairs in April - June, students shop for their own books. Each student receives their choice of 12 new books that are theirs to keep and read over summer vacation and beyond. What’s the trick to “making” the kids read the books? Give them books they want to read! Students make their own choices from a wide variety of fun, fiction, nonfiction, series, science related and kid-culture books. There is something to interest even the most reluctant reader!
Dear Page Ahead,
Thank you for the 12 books! I'm real good at reading now. I'm so good, I can't believe it!" - Emma
Enabling students to choose reading material of interest to them is an important factor in the results. Children from low-income families often have no books of their own, and getting to pick out their very own brand new books is a powerful motivator to read.
Does it sound simple? It is!
Too good to be true? Not a bit!
Children want to read. And summer reading is a proven way to prevent summer learning loss. With just 12 books per child per year, Page Ahead can help stem summer learning loss, and reduce the achievement gap. Do you want to be part of the solution? Make a gift to support summer reading today!
Page Ahead provides the books free to participating students. Schools pay a nominal fee per student to participate in Book Up Summer. Participating school districts share student test data in aggregate with Page Ahead for evaluation purposes.
Page Ahead’s goal is to bring Book Up Summer to every high-poverty elementary school in Washington State. Are you interested in bringing Book Up Summer to your school? Contact us to learn more about the process.
Family Involvement Program
Being read to as a youngster is the foremost predictor of academic success for children. By giving parents the tools and skills needed to best support their child’s literacy development, Page Ahead works to break down barriers and help children start school ready to learn.
- Parent Workshops, in English or Spanish, promoting interactive reading with young children
- Story Times at preschool and kindergarten classrooms, with follow-up home activities for parents
- Kindergarten Readiness packet designed to help parents prepare their children to begin their schooling
- Technical Assistance to help partner site staff develop captivating children's literacy programs
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Family Involvement Program Services
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All children love hearing stories. But reading to children can be more than just entertaining. Story Leaders utilizes strategies proven to increase language development and enables students to take a more active role in reading, substantially increasing their early reading skills and ultimately, their kindergarten readiness. Story Leaders is currently in pilot, serving approximately 750 low-income children and families through our partnership with seven early learning centers across Washington.