ServeMinnesota Action Network
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2012
Learning to read is a gateway to the world of knowledge and success in life. Despite that, a mere half of Minnesota's children are ready for kindergarten and one in four third graders are not reading at grade level. Decades of research shows that when students get off to a poor start in reading, they rarely catch up and become "in-school dropouts" as early as 4th grade. Getting more young children to read proficiently is not impossible.
Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) has a proven track record of doing just that: combining the people power of AmeriCorps with the science of how children learn to read. As an integrated component of Minnesota's solution to childhood illiteracy, 661 AmeriCorps members will be trained and coached by literacy experts and become an extension of the instructional capacity of PreK programs and elementary schools. At the end of the 3-year grant period, the MRC proposes to move 28,350 children to being on track to becoming proficient readers by 3rd grade. This project will focus on the CNCS focus area of Education and will start August 1, 2012 and end July 31, 2015. CNCS investment of $6,825,000 will be matched with $5,813,168.