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Read On Tempe

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About Read On Tempe:

Read On Tempe is a Read On Community. Check out the Read On Arizona website for information on early literacy, downloadable family resources and information about the organization. Early literacy achievement is a priority for the City of Tempe. We have long recognized that our children are our future and the economic and social vibrancy of our community is dependent upon their academic achievement. Read on Tempe is a collaborative effort to improve reading achievement in our city – particularly with our most vulnerable children. Our vision is that all children will have access to quality early literacy experiences and environments. We have a broad base of public, private, civic, philanthropic and education partners who are working together to ensure all of our children have the opportunity to become proficient readers. We are doing this through our shared vision and multi-strategy approaches that focus on school readiness, early grade success, family engagement, professional development, chronic absence and summer learning loss.

Campaign for Grade Level Reading Awards in 2018

The City of Tempe is proud to have received three awards from the Campaign for Grade Level Reading 

A Bright Spot Award was given to Tempe Experience Corps for their work in pairing trained senior volunteers with struggling readers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring so that students can reach critical reading benchmarks. Since the creation of the Experience Corps program in Tempe over 13 years ago, these dedicated retirees have given over 72,000 volunteer hours to ensure that over 3,500 Tempe children are reading proficiently by third grade.

A Pacesetter Award  was given to  Read On Tempe. This award highlights communities from around the country who report making measurable progress on key indicators of early school success. Read On Tempe is a collaborative effort who’s mission is to create a seamless array of services to support and educate families as their children move from infancy through the critical milestones along the read to academic and future success.

Tempe Elementary School District Superintendent Christine Busch was selected Mayor and Chris as a member of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading’s Council of Champions. This award honors exemplary individuals who support local and statewide efforts of early literacy success. Superintendent Busch has been a driving force behind improving literacy in Tempe. She has been committed to literacy instruction within the district as well as supporting city and community literacy efforts

Acceleration Zone

Read On Tempe is one of six communities from the state who have been selectedLetterBoy to participate in the Acceleration Zone Project . This 36-month project seeks to build the capacity of change makers who are interested in leading the charge for effective, equitable, and accelerated early literacy results in their communities. This collaborative project will use a “reflect and adapt” process incorporating strategies that will inform next steps to delivering scalable impact focused on school readiness and early literacy in identified Acceleration Zones. The Tempe Acceleration Zone Project is focused on the Thew/Escalante community. The goal of the project is to provide the families with children ages 0 – 6 living in the Thew/Escalante community with strategies, programs and services for increasing early literacy skills in preparation for successful entrance into Kindergarten and future learning.

Helping Us Grow (HUG)

The Tempe Diablos recently provided funding to a joint effort between the City of!BestKid Tempe’s Community Services and Human Services departments. This project will support the Acceleration Zone Project by providing early literacy programs and supports in the Thew/Escalante Community as well as books to Tempe PRE students at Thew Elementary School to build their home libraries. Details will be coming soon on this exciting project.


Community Services Programs
Human Services Programs
Community Education – Thew Elementary School