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Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative

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The City’s comprehensive literacy program, Hialeah Reads!, was implemented in the summer of 2000. Through Hialeah Reads!, the City of Hialeah has offered one to one reading tutoring for children, small group reading tutoring and intensive reading classes, a computerized reading program for adults and children to aid with English language skills, conversational English classes for adults, one to one basic literacy assistance... more »
Who are you?

The City of Hialeah is a full service city. The Education & Community Services Department offers after-school and camp programs, adult centers, a therapeutic recreation center, and more. City services are of excellent quality and are in high demand.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Over the past 13 years, these free programs have been tailored to the community’s needs as they arise, making them a viable tool to serve the diverse population. The majority of Hialeah students come from homes that speak English as a second language and parents may not be adequately equipped to help their children with reading and homework. Our tutoring programs allow free access to academic assistance that would otherwise be unavailable to low income families.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative addresses the data point from The Our Miami Report which focuses on grade school reading proficiency. With a significant percentage of Hialeah students considered English Language Learners, a need has been presented for the City to provide access to quality literacy programming that ensures reading proficiency of school aged children. Hialeah’s partnerships within the community are also fundamental in the success of city programs.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 2000, the Hialeah Reads! Literacy Initiative has successfully served 4,000 Hialeah residents in our literacy programs. Tutoring is provided in a productive and consistent setting, allowing participants to focus and gain confidence as they learn. Parents of children who participate in the City of Hialeah literacy program report that their children show noticeable improvement in school. Pre and Post test results for programs also show clear evidence of improvement for most students.

Organization Name (or individuals name) City of Hialeah Education & Community Services

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Education

Bringing Minnesota Magic to the Magic City

Why should kids in Minnesota be more prepared for Kindergarten than kids in Miami-Dade? The Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) uses the AmeriCorps model to provide trained literacy tutors for children beginning in PreK. It is the largest state AmeriCorps program in the country. We are working with them to launch the Miami-Dade Reading Corps as the first replication in Florida for this innovative and successful program in school... more »
Who are you?

The Center for Social Change is a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating social innovation to achieve meaningful social change with maximum impact. Our dedicated changemakers work in education, entrepreneurship and everything in between.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

A recent report from the Annie Casey Foundation tells us that children who get to fourth grade without learning to read proficiently are on the high school dropout track. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential and their ability to contribute to the nation’s economy and its security. By providing the MRC model here in Miami-Dade we can intervene early and make a real and measurable difference with a scalable model that has been proven to work.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

We believe that here in Miami-Dade AVERAGE is not an option! The data on reading in the report indicates that Miami-Dade's 4th grade students are reading on par with the average US student, yet our 4th grade reading levels have dropped and the proficiency levels are less than 1/2 of a possible 500 points. We know that a child's ability to read at grade level in the 3rd grade is a predictor of their academic success later in life. MRC assures that they enter school at grade level.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Students who received MRC tutoring achieved significantly higher literacy assessment scores than students who did not. Why is that important? In 2013, 57% of Florida's 3rd grade students received a passing score on the reading FCAT test. In Miami-Dade, 56% passed. In the schools contained in the Educational Transformation Office (ETO), less than 30% of the 3rd graders received a passing score. MRC students achieved an 80% pass rate on the statewide 3rd grade reading test in the evaluation year.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Center for Social Change

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