Indianapolis Urban League

Read and Rise

What is Read & Rise?

Read and Rise is co-developed by the National Urban League and Scholastic, Inc. and is designed to assist African American children with reading and literacy by equipping their parents and caregivers to take control of their child’s success and become promoters of early childhood literacy utilizing workshops, how-to-guides, and reading materials.

Research by the National Urban League confirms that two-thirds of African American children read at or below grade level so Read and Rise targets children from birth through third grade.  By third-grade, kids who aren’t on track with reading are more likely to drop out.

Read & Rise Flyer Winter 2019 (2)


Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Early Childhood Learning Center
1401 North Mitthoeffer Road, Indianapolis, IN 46229

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 & Tuesday, January 7, 2020
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Lakeside Elementary School
9601 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46229

For program information contact Mark Russell, Director of Advocacy and Family Services at


Read and Rise Family Circle Trainings’ are designed to support parents with developing their knowledge, skills, routines and techniques in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher and role model.

Parents Receive:

Parents are provided with insights into child development focused on achieving a child who is reading at grade level by grade three.

Family Circles:

The Circles are divided into age appropriate categories of milestone development:

  • Ages Birth -2; Preschoolers ages 3-4; Kindergarteners ages 5-6; First Graders ages 6-7; Second Graders ages 7-8; and Third Graders ages 8-9.
  •  Parents are instructed in Age Appropriate Reading Milestones of Development, the Building Blocks of Reading, Setting the Stage for Lifelong Learning, and Communication and Reading Strategies to promote the development and Growth of literacy in their children.