donate — We Can Do More
A student who can't read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time." - American Educational Research Association
The statistical trends are clear, and they're distressing. Children who cannot read find themselves behind in almost every conceivable way – educationally, socially, behaviorally. They're less likely to find meaningful employment as they get older. Add poverty to the equation, and the chances of success diminish even further.
At Reading Assist Institute, we work every day with children who want to learn, to read and to succeed. But what stands in their way?
Research shows that 20 percent of children will struggle with the basic mechanics of reading, due to a variety of reading disorders. (Dyslexia is the best-known – but by no means the only – obstacle to reading that affects these children.)
The numbers suggest that thousands of students in kindergarten through third grade in Delaware will struggle with learning to read.
There is something you can do about it.
Reading Assist Institute is the only Delaware-based organization that delivers reading intervention and certifies reading specialists using a program accredited by IMSLEC, the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.
For more than 25 years, Reading Assist Institute has worked for thousands of children. But with the launch of the RAI Corpsin 2015, we started serving more struggling readers than ever before.
Our program is effective and it makes a real difference. Every second- and third-grade student – including all ELL (English Language Learners) and students in special education programs – who worked with the RAI Corps interventionists in that first year reached benchmarks for phonemic awareness, the foundational skill needed to prepare students for phonics instruction.
We are expanding. Building on lessons learned in our original RAI Corps pilot program inside the Colonial School District, we have placed additional interventionists inside a charter school in Wilmington and look to grow into additional districts in 2018-19 school year.
We are closing the gap between where these students started and grade-level reading proficiency. But to make that happen, we need your support.
We can do more. We must do more. Because no child should ever fail when success is possible.
As a not-for-profit, RAI seeks a diverse revenue stream consisting of state funding; foundation, corporate and individual donor fund development; and our fee-based private reading intervention program.