Reading is a critical bridge to success in school, work and life. Until third grade, children are generally learning to read; by fourth grade, however, they should be reading to learn. At the fourth grade level, coursework gets harder and reading becomes more challenging. Students who don't read well have increasing difficulty keeping up- which can lead to bad grades, disengaging from school, and dropping out.
That's why United Way is creating and leading supportive efforts to help young kids build a strong foundation.