Early Reading Matters

Unlocking Bright Futures Through Literacy

Early Reading Matters develops expertise critical to improving literacy in Kindergarten through Second grade.

CHALLENGE: Inadequate Preparation for Early Childhood Teachers

Teaching reading is not easy, yet most teachers do not receive enough early reading preparation in their teacher education programs. Students learning to read enter the classroom with a wide range of learning needs that requires a sophisticated understanding and unique ability to diagnose problems.

SOLUTION: Targeted Support in Investment Years

Early Reading Matters helps close the reading gap by investing in early childhood teachers.  Research shows that children who receive three consecutive years of effective instruction experience permanent learning gains. This  literacy initiative gives educators research-proven practices, regular coaching and step-by-step methods to move young readers towards markers appropriate for each grade level.

Teachers

Teachers

Analyze the needs of their students, implement research-based reading strategies, and monitor student progress.

Principals

Principals

Monitor school-wide reading progress and establish systems and structures to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Students

Students

Develop into confident readers with a love for books.

Teacher Leaders

Teacher Leaders

Facilitate and manage teams by analyzing data and implementing instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students.

Project Leaders

Project Leaders

Analyze data collected from a reading monitoring system to identify k-2 students in need of additional support.

THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF SUPPORT

Closing the reading gap before students enter third grade

Year 1: Emergent Readers

Year 1: Emergent Readers

Focus on students in Kindergarten and 1st grade developing core letter and word recognition skills.

Year 2: Early Readers

Year 2: Early Readers

Focus on students in 1st and 2nd grades emerging into fluent readers.

Year 3: Coherence

Year 3: Coherence

Ensuring coherent literacy systems, structures, and instruction across grades k-2 are effectively meeting the needs of all learners.

27,000+ Students

1,000+ Teachers

47 NYC Schools

Our Schools

A longitudinal analysis of a representative sample of 12 Early Reading Matters schools, involving 2,700 students exposed to ERM for two years (2016-17 to 2017-18), demonstrated that the percentage of students that met instructional-level reading benchmark expectations doubled from the beginning of first grade to the end of second grade.

– Research for Action 2018

Over 6,000 1st and 2nd graders from high-needs schools participated in Early Reading Matters in 2017-18.  On average, students gained 5 reading levels, and schools overall saw statistically significant gains in students reading at their expected level.  

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Early Reading Matters aims to drive reading development in the early grades by helping K-2 teachers maximize their effectiveness in planning and implementing high-impact classroom instruction.

Foundational elements of Early Literacy

Early Reading Matters is an evidence-based approach to implementing effective balanced literacy instruction.  At the core, our work has been informed by the findings of the National Reading Panel (US), National Institute of Child Health, & Human Development (US). (2000). Report of the national reading panel: Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction: The National Reading Panel’s recommendations address five critical foundational areas or “pillars” of early reading instruction:  Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary Development, and Reading Comprehension.

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