UWEP Youth Literacy Initiative

Did you know that one of the top predictors of academic achievement is the number of books in a child’s home? Yet 61% of low-income children have no books at home.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems. 

The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores; however, students read less for fun as they get older.

In WV, during the 2015-2016 academic year, over 50% of 4th, 8th and 11th graders scored below the proficient level in reading.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, when parental involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average on reading scores. 

These are just a few of the reasons why the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is excited to launch its new Youth Literacy Initiative! Not only will we be getting more books into the hands of children, but we will be strengthening and supporting programs that allow parents to engage more fully with their children. And we invite you to be a part of this exciting journey! Programs that are being explored for the UWEP Youth Literacy Initiative include:

A Mobile Learning Lab

Imagination Library

First Books for Babies

Born Learning Trails

After-school Programming

Storytime Partners