NAPLES — Books for Collier Kids (BCK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a steady stream of new books to children in low-income families throughout Collier County, continues book distribution during summer break to offset the loss of literacy skills known as “summer slide”.
Without access to a steady stream of books throughout the summer, low-income children return to fall classes with reading scores 30% lower than those with steady access to books. “This significant, cumulative reading skill loss, known as summer slide, can impact their futures as a lack of basic literacy skills is linked to academic failure, delinquency, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment, low productivity and welfare dependency,”details BCK Board Member and Summer Slide Coordinator, Emily Watt.
Literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success:
• By the end of 5th grade, at-risk kids are nearly 3 grades behind in reading skills
To address the critical concerns associated with Summer Slide, Books for Collier Kids has distributed 15,000+ new, age-appropriate books with related curriculums to Grace Place for Children & Families, YMCA of Marco Island and Naples, Boys & Girls Club (Naples and Immokalee), Guadalupe Center, Friends of Foster Children Forever, C’MON Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Garguilo Education Center, Collier County Sheriff’s Department and Youth Haven.
Books for Collier Kids provides new books to children in-need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books. Launched in 2005 as First Book-Collier County, BCK has distributed more than 1.6 million new, high-quality, age-appropriate and personalized books to pre-K, kindergarten, first- and second-grade students in-need to enhance their literacy development.
For more information and to support Books for Collier Kids, please call Sallie Williams, Board Chair at 239.394.4062, or visit www.BooksforCollierKids.org.