FAQ

GENERAL

What is the summer reading slide?

Each summer, students take a three-month break from school.  Those who don’t read over the summer lose two to three months of reading ability, leaving them over a year behind by the time they reach fourth grade.

 

Of those not reading at grade level by fourth grade:

  • 1 in 10 will go to jail
  • Only 1 in 27 will graduate from college
  • 86% will never earn more than minimum wage

 

By providing choices, challenges, and rewards throughout the program, we keep kids reading over the summer and prevent the summer reading slide.

Why do you only serve K-3 students?

From kindergarten through third grade, children learn to read; after third grade, they read to learn.  By fourth grade, students need to use their reading skills to succeed in other subjects, and if they haven’t mastered reading by then, they may keep falling behind.

 

Of those not reading at grade level by fourth grade:

  • 1 in 10 will go to jail
  • Only 1 in 27 will graduate from college
  • 86% will never earn more than minimum wage

How does the program work?

Click here to learn more about how the Kids Read Now summer reading program works, or check out this one-minute video.

PARENTS

How are the Wish List Books selected?

We have a small team of literacy coaches and reading teachers who peruse literature, and the most popular kids books to build a list of 15-20 titles for each grade group we serve.

Where do the books come from?

Our books come from First Book, American Reading Company, and Scholastic, where we can find diverse topics at an attractive price.

They are all new, best-selling children’s books.

The wish lists show AR and Lexile – what are these?

They are two kinds of reading level measures, from Accelerated Reader, and the Lexile leveling system. They help teachers match books on our list with the reading level of your child.

What are the Discovery Sheets and how do we use them?

Every book we ship has a custom designed Discovery Sheet inside the front cover. It has room for your child to put his/her name as the proud owner of the book.

 

It has four questions that will help the child better understand the book and improve their reading ability. Review at least one question of the four with your child each time you read, or re-read the book. Most can be answered by talking about them or drawing a picture. Upper-level books have written exercises that match what is being taught in 3rd grade to become a stronger reader.

What does it mean that the KRN program is data-driven?

To participate, you gave your school permission to release your student’s reading scores from spring and fall so that a confidential and independent research firm can compare summer gains and losses to those who did not participate in KRN.  We can provide district-, school-, and student-specific reports on enrollment, participation, and results to prove the program works and to keep improving it.

Who pays for the program?

Your school district and generous community donors have come together to fund Kids Read Now for your child.

I missed my weekly call/text/email – what should I do?

Voice call – Call us back at 937-576-8086 to report book codes.

 

Text – Reply to the text message with your child’s three-digit book code or click the link in the text message to report codes for multiple children online.

 

Email – Reply to the email with your child’s three-digit book code or click the link to report codes for multiple children online.

When will my next book arrive?

For 2017, we will be calling, texting, and/or emailing every Tuesday night at 7 PM. Then we assemble the lists and work to get the next book mailed to your child a few days later. They are delivered by the US Postal Service and go out via low-cost book and parcel rate, so it can take several days to deliver. You can log into the Kids Read Now parent portal and see which books are on their way.

I missed Family Reading Night

Most schools made arrangements to send Family Reading Night materials home with your child before the end of the school year in case you missed the event.

 

Materials that you receive at Family Reading Night:

  1. Your child’s first three books
  2. A Parent Guide explaining the program, how to get the next books, and ways to help your child become a great reader
  3. A magnet calendar that lists the dates that we’ll be calling and mailing, with space to write your book codes.

 

You can also see some short Parent Tip videos here…

What is the magnet for?

The magnet helps you keep track of what books your child read. Find the three-digit code inside the front cover of each book, then write it on the magnet so you are prepared to report it when we call, text, or email you every Tuesday night at 7 PM.

What is The Parent Portal?

When you filled out the Wish List, we asked for an email address. If you provided one, we sent you an email with a username (your email address) and a temporary password. That temporary password needs to be changed within one week before it expires – once you change your password, you can report books your child has read, track which books have been sent and which are next, and update contact information as needed.

My password for the Parent Portal expired

To get a new password, call us 877-536-0130 or email help@kidsreadnow.dev.

Help & Tech Support

Just call 877-536-0130 or email us at help@kidsreadnow.dev.

EDUCATORS

Does Kids Read Now require summer staff, buildings, transportation, food, or other supplies?

No. Kids Read Now is an in-home summer reading program – since we mail books directly to students’ homes, we do not require any school resources during the summer.

What kinds of students does Kids Read Now serve?

We serve a wide array of students with varying reading abilities and socioeconomic situations.  While we hope to close the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged students, the program works for children across the achievement spectrum. Kids Read Now can serve EVERY K-3 child in your district for a fraction of the cost of a typical summer school or summer camp.

How much does Kids Read Now cost?

Contact Kevin Sorice, our Outreach Director, to discuss pricing details.  He can be reached by phone at 877-536-0130 or by email at Kevin@kidsreadnow.dev.

How can I get Kids Read Now in my district?

Click here [link to contact form] to give us your contact info and we will reach out to you soon.  Otherwise, contact Kevin Sorice, our Outreach Director, to discuss a potential partnership for next summer.  He can be reached by phone at 877-536-0130 or by email at Kevin@kidsreadnow.dev.

What is the Educator Portal?

The Kids Read Now Educator Portal is where you go to enroll students online and track their progress throughout the program.  If you provide us with an email address, we will send you an email with a username (your email address) and a temporary password shortly before enrollment opens at your school. That temporary password needs to be changed within one week before it expires.

My password expired – what do I do?

Give us a call at 877-536-0130 or email us at help@kidsreadnow.dev and we will reset your password.

DONORS

How can I donate money to Kids Read Now?

Click here to donate money directly, or contact Kevin Sorice, our Outreach Director, to discuss potential grants or in-kind donations.

Where does my money go if I donate?

Kids Read Now is a 501C3 non-profit organization, so all contributions cover books, shipping expenses, program supplies, and other operational costs, unless otherwise requested.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes.  Since Kids Read Now is a 501C3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible.

VOLUNTEERS

Are there any volunteer opportunities at Kids Read Now?

We are always happy to have extra help! Since our volunteer activities fluctuate by season, give us a call at 877-536-0130 to find an opportunity that works for you or your group.

The Choice is yours

Better readers are the catalyst to engaged learners.

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