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*This is part 6 of 9 from The Urban Difference: Report 2019

Child literacy programs lay the foundation for children to be successful throughout their lives.

Advancing Child Literacy

Most students learn to read by the third grade; however, by the fourth grade, they read to comprehend their studies. The reading level of fourth graders in Alabama fell below the national average in 2019. Students that do not grasp basic skills, such as reading by grade 4, could end up dropping out of high school. Low-income students may be particularly vulnerable if they live in distressed environments.

Alabama Extension believes that parents and guardians should take an active role in providing positive outcomes for children, and the sooner the better. Programs like Alabama Extension’s PCREP: Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program train parents and guardians in child literacy skills in five key areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

As a result of this training, 253 (85%) parents and guardians completed the entire four-lesson PCREP series. After two
months, the following outcomes occurred:

  • 228 (90%) saw improvement in their ability to teach reading.
  • 220 (87%) saw improvement in their child’s reading ability.
  • 215 (85%) used reading strategies learned from the program to teach reading.
  • 215 (85%) increased the amount of time they spent reading with their children.
  • 197 (78%) focused on the five components of reading to teach their children to read.

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Part 1 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, From the Administrators
Part 2 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Alabama 4-H and Youth Development
Part 3 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Animal Science and Forages
Part 4 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Community Resource Development
Part 5 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Consumer Sciences and Personal Financial Management
Part 6 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Family and Child Development
Part 7 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources
Part 8 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests
Part 9 – The Urban Difference: Report 2019, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health


Download a PDF of The Urban Difference: Report 2019, UNP-2175. 

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