United Way Leaders United Quarterly - Summer - Page 4

Since the program’s inception, more than 90
percent of Read to Succeed students assess
as kindergarten-ready upon completion of the
RTS program each year. In 2018, 100 percent of
students assessed as kindergarten-ready.
United Way partners with eight early childhood
centers across Nashville.
Improving Literacy Rates
Read to Succeed started in
Nashville in 2004 when only 33
percent of five-year-olds were
testing kindergarten-ready.
If children aren’t reading well by third grade,
they will most likely struggle to read their social
studies texts, understand their math problems or
follow directions on their science experiments,
and they rarely catch up. United Way partners to
infuse literacy into every investment we make.
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville was
recently selected as the backbone organization
for the Blueprint for Early Childhood Success, a
first-of-its-kind citywide literacy plan that aims
to double the number of Nashville third-graders
reading on grade level by 2025. It’s essentially
a way for literacy groups, faith and volunteer
partners, parents, students and educators to
come together to address Nashville’s early
literacy deficit. The Blueprint’s focus includes
implementing strategies to support our schools’
literacy instruction, provide access to books,
United Way of M e t ropol i t an Nas hv i l l e
address chronic absenteeism, curb summer
reading loss and improve access to quality
after-school programs.
For more information on the Blueprint
for Early Childhood Success, visit

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