313 Reads! Reading Initiative for Detroit Kids

April 17, 2020



313 Reads! is a citywide initiative that works to ensure that all Detroit children read at grade level by 3rd grade.

Why 3rd grade reading matters

After 3rd grade, students switch from learning how to read to using reading skills to learn other subjects like math, science, and history. Without a strong reading foundation by 3rd grade, students may start to fall behind. Third-grade reading is also the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.

What parents can do

There are several organizations in the community that provide resources to help children succeed and develop their language and literacy skills. Call or visit their websites to see what resources are available to you and your family.

Resources – 0–4 years

Early language and literacy

Resources – 5–9 years

Tutoring programs and summer learning

Summer Fun Centers

Through a partnership with the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department and Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit students ages 6-17 can participate in free recreational activities and tutoring services at 12 Summer Fun Centers across the city.

Limited space available; registration information can be found here.

Summer Spark

With Summer Spark, you can find summer programs that match your child’s interest and fit your schedule.

Additional Resources

Did you know?

Parents and students can visit a Detroit Public Library branch for free access to ABC Mouse Early Learning Academy. This online tool helps children ages 2-8 develop their reading skills using fun games and exercises. Visit a library branch to get your library card and get started!  Click here to find a library branch near you.

Written by Brilliant Detroit - Cindy Eggleton