Arts and Education

READS Program


A summer read-at-home program that provides books to disadvantaged students, coupled with support, and can help sharpen their reading skills to become Summer Bookworms!

READS, a new program supported by The Wallace Foundation, and developed by James Kim, a Harvard University Education Professor, was designed to help boost under-served children’s reading skills!

READS promotes a read-at-home program backed by rigorous research indicating it is effective in building the reading comprehension skill of children from low-income families.

As shown in the attached infographic, the key components of READS are books matched to a child’s interests and reading level, coupled with a reading comprehension routine taught to the students at school before their summer vacation begins. Kids from the highest poverty schools gained significantly while continuing with the READS program thru the summer.

Arts & Education 4 DFW Youths will adhere to the key component of the READS program by making books available that match a child’s interests and reading level. The tutoring staff at Arts & Education 4 will keep-up-the-reading nudges through texts or other communications during the summer, and provide support in different locations within the community. The Parents’ aid is needed to help make the program work!

The Wallace Foundation is a $1.5 billion dollar philanthropic charity that devotes their resources to educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, and fosters the vitality of the ARTS for everyone.

James Rosenberg