Read 20 is a public/private partnership promoting literacy skills for early childhood, in an effort to create a community of readers, and in support of Hamilton County's community literacy goals.

Read 20 is dedicated to creating a strong community
of readers by promoting the importance of reading with
children at least 20 minutes or more every day.

Since 2006, the Read 20 program has distributed over 208,213 books to Hamilton County families worth over $1,873,917; provided resources and training for 1,977 teachers in area public schools and child cares, recognized 54,760 students reading on or above grade level, and provided a comprehensive list of early literacy resources through the Read 20 website.

The following are a few success stories we have bookmarked since 2006!

GOAL: TO PROMOTE EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY
Successes

  • Distributed more than 65,000 books through the Readmobile, Read With Me Program, Zimmermann Comprehension Workshops, reading recognition programs, and community events as well as partnering with Imagination Library
  • Facilitated 700+ hours of read aloud activities for children and families across the community
  • Placed eight Read 20 billboards across Hamilton County
  • Encouraged area elementary schools to include reading 20 minutes everyday as part of every student’s homework assignment

GOAL: TO CREATE MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Successes

  • Distributed 9,321 age-appropriate books for book nooks, reading centers, early childhood settings and other partner needs
  • Provided comprehensive list of early literacy resources through the Read 20 website
  • Compiled list of appropriate read aloud books for day cares
  • Established volunteer job description for reading aloud with children in day
    cares
  • Coordinated 95 separate events and opportunities for modeling read
    aloud techniques
  • Recruited 128 read aloud volunteers through Read 20 programs
  • Developed 386 partnerships with area agencies, schools, and programs

GOAL: TO ACTIVATE READ 20 MESSAGE OF READING WITH CHILDREN AT LEAST 20 MINUTES A DAY
Successes

  • Provided resources and training for 1,277 teachers in area public schools
    and day care centers
  • Facilitated 10 public elementary schools in implementing the Zimmermann
    Comprehension strategies in all subjects
  • Replicated Zimmermann Comprehension workshop for regional school groups
  • Recognized 27,560 students reading on or above grade level
  • Coordinated community literacy efforts and activities in Alton Park
  • Outcomes Page (link coming soon)

Read 20 would appreciate your efforts to become involved. You may contact the staff at Read 20 at:

Read 20
317 Oak Street
M L King Bldg, 109
Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.209.6190 office
423.209.6191 fax
ShulaY@HamiltonTN.gov

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