America Reads

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Reading Together provides an in-depth look at how America Reads is working in California. It describes how America Reads operates in schools and communities and offers insight into what makes for strikingly successful programs.

As the data and case studies show, America Reads programs are doing great things throughout this state. Since the spring of 1998, more than 9,300 California college students have worked as America Reads tutors in more than 900 schools. Because of America Reads, almost 25,000 California elementary school children have so far received the extra help they need to learn to read and their numbers will grow in the years ahead.

As I read this report, I am profoundly impressed by the ambitious, imaginative, complex and powerful programs developed by California's higher education institutions-public and private, large and small. I know that these successes are being replicated in every state across the country. What we can do now, for each other and for our nation's children, is continue the kind of communication this report represents. Let us find ways to talk with each other, share our best ideas, and encourage the expansion of a program that truly is transforming young lives and futures.