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Child Trends

In 2016, Reading Partners launched a two-year research partnership with Child Trends, a leading national nonprofit research organization focused on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. This study built upon findings from Reading Partners’ two rigorous impact studies, including deeper exploration of the characteristics and experiences of Reading Partners’ volunteer tutors, and a first look at social-emotional learning outcomes for our students. The study, which included all four Reading Partners regions in California, concluded in the fall of 2018.

Key findings include:

  • Reading Partners was successful in recruiting and engaging students who needed reading support.
  • Students who participated in Reading Partners improved in their reading and social-emotional learning skills.
  • Volunteers upheld program fidelity and engaged in positive, supportive relationships with students.
  • Reading Partners AmeriCorps members gained essential professional skills compared to national AmeriCorps alumni.,

Additional information about the study findings can be accessed below.

Detailed briefs:

Social emotional learning outcomes:

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