To support the social, emotional and reading skills that are foundational for student success by advancing our literacy platform and mobilizing community volunteers.
Why? Fewer than half of Kansas City, Missouri third graders are reading on grade level. In many high-need schools, it’s fewer than 25 percent. Children who are not reading by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Lead to Read KC is addressing this challenge. Learn more >
What We Do
Provide reading and mentoring support to students in first through third grade who attend high-need schools.
Provide individualized tutoring by certified teachers.
Distribute books — and provide social-emotional support via author partnerships.
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Lead to Read KC in the news
Lead to Read KC is helping reverse the trends of virtual learning’s effects on young students. Watch thisKCTV 5 News story to learn more and check out other recent news stories. And, Lead to Read KC recently celebrated recruiting 1,000 Read Mentors! Learn more about this exciting milestone from KSHB 41 News or The Pitch.You can view all our media on our In the News page.
Reading Is Everywhere(SM)
We have expanded our reach to get even more books into the hands of young readers! Our community partners now include more than three dozen social service agencies, hair salons, barber shops, restaurants and retailers — making books more accessible to children outside of schools and libraries. Learn more.
Our Impact: 2021-22 School Year
students received mental health-themed author visits
students paired with 696 Reading Mentors
students received online personalized tutoring from a certified teacher