Chandler working together to improve early childhood literacy.


City of Chandler
Chandler Unified
Read On Arizona


Read On Chandler
Improving Chandler literacy outcomes one student at a time.

A Collaborative Literacy Project comprised of community organizations and businesses committed to ensuring that every child, birth through five, obtains the necessary literacy skills for school readiness.

Within five years, 70% of students within Chandler’s more vulnerable neighborhoods will enter Kindergarten with their first Pre-K assessment scores as a benchmark.

Improving early childhood literacy through the development of a shared vision: the establishment of a City-sponsored literacy goal that all children entering kindergarten are ready to succeed in school.

This will be accomplished through effective leadership and governance, the use of data to align and adapt resources and the establishment of a dedicated structure and staffing.

  • 85244 Zipcode

    3,296 children under 5 years old do not meet readiness benchmarks entering kindergarten.

  • 85225 Zipcode

    6,677 children under 5 years old do not meet readiness benchmarks entering kindergarten.

Executive Committee

Joanne Floth
Director, Read on Chandler
Rick Heumann
Councilmember, City of Chandler
Robert Rice
School Board Member, CUSD
Brenda Brown
Cultural Affairs Director, City of Chandler
Conrad Lindo
Regional Director, East Maricopa First Things First


Why is early literacy important?

Reading is the major foundational skill for all school-based learning, and reading proficiency by third grade is a crucial milestone in a child’s future academic success. Third grade reading level is a strong predictor of ninth grade course performance, high school graduation and college attendance. According to the National Research Council for the National Academies, “Academic success, as defined by high school graduation, can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by knowing someone’s reading skill at the end of third grade. A person who is not at least a modestly skilled reader by that time is unlikely to graduate from school.”

To achieve this important milestone, kids need to be on track for success from the time they start school.

Research shows that children entering kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed in school rarely read proficiently by third grade

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