WHO WE ARE?
Since 2011, Reading out of Poverty is the only non-profit organisation in Victoria with a sole focus on providing early literacy skills and school preparedness for children aged 0-5 years from disadvantaged background.
We promote the importance of literacy in the early years and provide literacy resources and services to families and children from low socio-economic backgrounds; including migrants, refugees, and indigenous individuals in Victoria.
A Victoria where children from all cultures, genders, and backgrounds can acquire literacy skills and quality education to reach their full potential and contribute to the community and the world.
- Enhance literacy skills among the children we support.
- Create and maintain a love for and a habit of reading within families and communities in Victoria.
- Create awareness within the communities about the importance of early literacy development.
- Reduce the gap between children from a disadvantaged background and their wealthier peers.
- Train parents to support their children in their learning.
- Seek learning opportunities for children.
WHY WE DO IT
Being literate is the key to accessing, interpreting and processing information around us. Targeting the years 0-5 is vital in creating an understanding of our complex language system.
Developing a love of play and reading from an early age feeds a child’s natural curiosity with learning. Being exposed to developmental play and storytelling are the very basic foundations of literacy and language progression. It is the key to academic success that can assist in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Too many Victorian children are entering the school system either illiterate or with extremely low literacy skills. Many low-income earners struggle to afford books for their children, widening the literacy gap between children from a low socioeconomic background and those of higher income status.
Lack of literacy skills can cause low academic performance across all curriculum areas, spanning a child’s entire school life. If children are not supported in their literacy journey it can feed into an unbreakable cycle of poverty.