About the Read to be Ready Summer Grant
In conjunction with the launch of the statewide Read to be Ready Campaign in February 2016, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation gave a $1 million gift to the department to fund summer reading programs for three years. The first grant period took place in 2016 and almost 600 students were served. After seeing the results from the first summer, the Department of Human Services invested an additional $30 million of Child Care and Development Block Grant Funds in the program to be distributed over three summers to increase enrollment (2017, 2018, and 2019). Because of this investment, 6,300 students were enrolled in camps in 2017 and, in 2018, the grant served over 7,700 students. In 2019 grant recipients plan to serve almost 9,000 students.
The purpose of the Read to be Ready Summer Grant is to fund programs that target low-income students who we know experience the greatest summer learning loss. The grants are intended to fund summer instructional programs that provide rich reading and writing opportunities for rising first, second, and third grade students. The goal is to develop a student’s love for reading over the summer months by providing them with access to a multitude of high-quality books at different levels and for different interests.