From kindergarten through the end of third grade, students learn to read.
After that, they must be able to read to learn.


This one factor, the ability to read proficiently at the end of third grade, has long-term implications for individuals and for our community. Students who can’t read at grade level at the end of third grade are 4x more likely to drop out before they graduate.

That’s why United Way of Central Iowa launched READ to SUCCEED, a ground-breaking, community-wide awareness and action campaign to help our kids get the skills they need to succeed as students and beyond. 


Read Together Billboard (introductory).jpgREAD TOGETHER

Read Together for 15 minutes every day—whether you are a parent, caregiver, neighbor, or volunteer—whether you are in the grocery store, the waiting room,
on your couch, or in a classroom. These can be the most important minutes of
a child’s day.  

Scroll down for reading tips and resources for parents and caregivers.