The Baltimore Campaign For Grade Level Reading is championing an initiative that encourages students to read daily over the summer. Designed to address the summer learning slide, GLR partners including Baltimore City Public Schools, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Weinberg Libraries, Parks and People, Recreation and Parks, City Schools, Maryland Out of School Time Network, The Abell Foundation’s SummerREADS program, Community Schools, The Family League of Baltimore, Raising a Reader, Reading Partners, Mobile Meals, and Maryland Book Bank will leverage a reading log from the Enoch Pratt Free Library to encourage children to track the amount they read over the summer.
This year, the a Reading Resource Packet, which includes the library log, will be distributed to all City Schools rising K-5th graders.
For Baltimore City Public School Staff
This summer, Baltimore City Schools, the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore Campaign For Grade Level Reading are encouraging all students to read daily over the summer. You will be receiving summer reading logs to distribute to all students rising K-5th grade in your building during the next two weeks.
As a way to support summer reading, you may choose to enter your school into a district wide competition to win $1000 for your ’15-’16 school budget and a hero party at the start of the school year. As a way to promote the program, you may choose to teach the attached lesson plan, which will allow your students to win a chance to be featured in a PSA made by Fox 45 about summer reading! For more information about this contest and the lesson plan, see the full guidelines. To sign up, please respond to the form sent to your Literacy Rep by the Office of Engagement.
We know that low-income children that attend pre-k are more likely to achieve academically than their peers that don’t attend. Based on kindergarten enrollment, we have identified approximately 750 children that qualify for pre-k but do not enroll. This year we have been working closely with our partners to raise awareness of pre-k enrollment and we will be creating a strategy to implement next spring to identify those children who qualify and ensure they enroll.
Back to School/Attendance
We know that children that miss more than two days of school in September are much more likely to be chronically absent than kids that do not. We will be working in partnership with City Schools to identify an attendance strategy for the first 30 days that starts with a Back to School campaign
Five Parenting Practices and Literacy Kits
Our school readiness work group developed early literacy kits in conjunction with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to support language and literacy skills evaluated by the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR). Kits include finger puppets, a toy microphone, a 123 Baltimore counting book and other materials that reinforce the five Parenting Practices—read, write, dance, talk, sing—derived from the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) curriculum. In early December, twelve Baltimore City Public Schools in-home teachers and four Southeast Early Head Start staff were trained to integrate the kit materials and curriculum into their home visits with families with children under three. Distribution of 225 kits began in January 2014—165 through the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) and 60 through Southeast Early Head Start (SEEHS)—and a program evaluation will measure changes in literacy practices over time. Posters promoting the Five Parenting Practices have also been developed and have been distributed in English and Spanish across 1000+ service delivery centers of FLC Coalition partners. We will be working to expand both of these programs once the initial pilots have been completed.