Keep the kids on track this summer!

More than half of the reading gaps of 9th graders can be explained by summer learning loss during elementary school. Help children success by practicing reading skills over the Summer. Find free resources through Read Charlotte. is a one-stop-shop webpage for parents to learn the importance of reading over the summer and find tips to create a summer reading plan that works for their family. The page also features several tools & programs from Read Charlotte and other community partners (CM Library, Smart Start, etc.) that parents can utilize this summer to help kids maintain reading levels, as well as a link to a new directory highlighting summer camps/programs with a literacy component in Char-Meck. PLUS, YMCA and Read Charlotte partnered to pilot the Summer Literacy Infusion model the past two summers. After seeing significant success, the YMCA created a toolkit so that other providers can try it in their summer programs. All of these resources are now available. Click here to learn more.

Read Charlotte aims to keep reading at the top of mind this summer for parents and caretakers across Charlotte-Mecklenburg with its Second Annual #SummerReadingCLT campaign. Summer reading reminders will begin popping up all over the county and online, urging adults to prioritize reading with children during the 2+ months most Charlotte-Mecklenburg students aren’t in school. According to the National Summer Learning Association, more than half of the reading gaps of 9th graders can be traced back to summer learning loss during elementary school. It’s absolutely critical that we encourage young children to keep reading and learning over summer break,” says Read Charlotte Executive Director Munro Richardson. “We have to be proactive and do what we can to keep kids on track in these early years of their education.” Students who don’t keep reading over summer break can fall one or more months behind, while their classmates who continue reading move further ahead. Read Charlotte created a webpage ( to not only educate but empower families with helpful tools and other community resources to support kids with reading over the summer.

Working with Charlotte Parent, a new directory has also been created for parents to easily find local summer camps/programs that offer a literacy component. Furthermore, Read Charlotte & YMCA of Greater Charlotte partnered the past two summers to pilot Summer Literacy Infusion. The program model adds one hour of literacy activities to existing summer programs and camps, and a comprehensive tool kit has now been added to It’s available at no cost to any group interested in trying the model in their own programs this summer. Click here to visit and follow Read Charlotte on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected this summer.


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