Third grade reading proficiency is a key indicator of future success. Ready.Set.READ! is a collaboration among the United Way of Berks County, the educational and business communities and community organizations working together to ensure reading proficiency for students by the end of third grade.


Volunteer tutoring, parent education and community awareness are just a few of the ways Ready.Set.READ! will accomplish this goal. Learn more about RSR's multi-faceted approach and discover the volunteer opportunities available.

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Ready.Set.READ! Announces Summer Learning Grant Opportunities

Ready.Set.READ! is managed by United Way of Berks County

Ready.Set.READ!, a community initiative centered on improving early grade reading proficiency and managed by United Way of Berks County, has announced a grant opportunity available to Ready.Set.READ! (RSR) partner schools, Summer Learning Coalition members and other organizations serving Berks County Title 1 students.

"Ready.Set.READ! and United Way are committed to helping kids achieve success, and we're pleased to have this opportunity to invest additional funds in summer learning and literacy program, which will help lessen summer learning loss," says Dr. Yamil Sanchez Rivera, Senior Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Berks County. Summer learning loss describes what happens when students lose academic skills over the summer months, and is often one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income students.

Click here for a summary of the grant opportunity and the application. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, January 22, 2018 through 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Notice of funding will be conveyed during the week of March 26th.

Our thanks to the Fightin Phils for creating this overview video of Ready.Set.READ!

The 2016 Ready.Set.READ! Annual Report is now available

View the 2016 Annual Report

View the RSR highlights video featured at the Ready.Set.READ! Community Forum.

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