Kids Read Now was created in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Leib Lurie and his wife Barbara, a reading specialist and educator, after reading about the summer reading slide, which causes disadvantaged students to lose 2-3 months of education over summer break.
Kindergarten through third grade is a critical time in a child’s education. Over 75% of disadvantaged children are not proficient in reading when they start fourth grade, and most will never catch up. The summer reading slide drags down kids in reading skills every summer, leaving a lasting impact on their educational future.
The summer reading slide is responsible for 65% of the yawning learning gap between rich and poor. Poor, minority, male students a year or more behind have a higher likelihood of dropping out or serving jail time. Although three-quarters of new jobs require post-secondary education, in most cities only one-quarter of adults qualify. Economic prosperity requires that we teach our children to read and reverse the summer slide.
Using proven pedagogical techniques and refined over five years with 13,000 kids in 10 districts across three states, the Kids Read Now turn-key in-home summer reading program offers proven results.
We work hard every day to give our customers the best programs to keep kids growing during the summer to keep them from falling victim to the summer slide.
Expanded Board of Directors In FY 2015, we expanded the KRN Board of Directors to add the talent, depth and breadth in education, reading, logistics, finance and management, to help the organization grow.
All members have contributed to the KRN 2016 sustainability fund
Former President of One Call Now in Troy, Ohio, has over 17 years of software development and operations success. Under her guidance, One Call Now has grown from a startup to inclusion on Inc. magazine’s fastest growing American companies list for the last seven years. In 2015 Angela helped lead One Call Now to a successful exit. Angela also earned One Call Now a coveted spot on Winning Workplaces’ 50 Best Places to Work for 2010 as well as a Dayton Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree for 2009.
Prior to One Call Now, Angela held numerous leadership roles for another start-up, Beeline Shopper, a division of AirClic Corporation, building automated grocery shopping applications. Beeline Shopper was a decade ahead of its time with the first and largest UPC-to-grocery-item database in the world—marketing to consumers and dietitians to help people improve their lives through healthy eating.
Immensely passionate about starting and building businesses to fuel economic growth, Angela is an advocate for change through software and services that truly make a difference in peoples’ lives.
PhD, JD: Adjunct Professor, Ohio State University Permanent Ohio & New York certification as superintendent, principal and teacher. Retired superintendent for several Ohio districts, previously principal and teacher. Now adjunct professor at Ohio State University. Previous Board member and Executive Director for at-risk youth, “The Future Begins Today” Board member, Chamber of Commerce.
MBA, CPA: Partner, Brixey & Meyers Licensed in Ohio, member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Ohio Society of CPAs. Served the Dayton Early College Academy “DECA” as a volunteer mentor for a freshmen students determined by counselors to be “at risk” and in need of a role model. Director, Brixey & Meyer Community Outreach Foundation.
IT Manager, Montgomery County Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), member of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). Has held leadership roles with Barrow County, GA schools and Lancaster, OH YMCA.
MBA: Board President Retired founder & CEO with One Call Now, the nation’s largest communications / notification provider for tens of thousands of schools and non-profit groups, and an eight time INC 500/5000 honoree. Previously as VP Marketing & Systems for Pitney Bowes and others, he designed and automated large-scale book and warehouse logistics systems.
In 2013, Kids Read Now was invited, from among 32 early childhood programs, to present at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago.
KRN was also invited to present at the world recognized South By SouthWest (SXSW) conference in Austin, TX on ways NGO’s, government and educators can collaborate for success.
Helping others isn’t new to the Lurie’s. Leib’s mother, Ellen Lurie, started a program in New York City for early childhood intervention. Her budding neighborhood action program, run with the help of the Community Service Society, served as a foundation model for the Head Start program that now serves 3 million kids annually.
PS5 in Northern Manhattan is dedicated as the Ellen Lurie Primary School in honor of Leib’s mother, an author, community activist and proponent of equality in education for all children regardless of income, color, and background.
Research shows that when kids pick the books they want, they are much more likely to read and re-read them. We allow our students to choose nine new, free, books-to-keep from a diverse Wish List of 60-70 best-selling titles. We also allow parents to choose how we will contact them over the course of our summer reading program and how they want to report the books their child read. The choices we offer put us far ahead of our one-size-fits-all competitors.
We challenge each student to read a book each week and discuss the Discovery Sheet questions inside their book. The questions on the Discovery Sheet are book-specific, Lexile-appropriate, and designed to help kids understand what they read. Then, we encourage them to report which book they read when we call, text, or email them each week. These challenges keep our students engaged all summer long.
To keep our students excited, we offer rewards at each step of the program. We give them a gift when they sign up, and each week that a student reports reading a book in the summer, we mail them another one from their Wish List! Our read-a-book, get-a-book model keeps kids motivated all summer long — and if they read all nine books they chose, they get another prize in the fall!
Research shows that those who need summer reading programs the most are the least likely to participate. Most students will never attend any summer programs because:
Kids Read Now breaks down the barriers associated with typical summer programs. Unlike most summer schools/camps: