Congratulations to OMNI staff Sara Bayless, PhD. and Melissa Richmond, PhD., as well as collaborators from the University of Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Minnesota, for the publication of their research funded by the Social Innovation Fund, Effects of an Afterschool Early Literacy Intervention on the Reading Skills of Children in Public Housing Communities
, in Child and Youth Care Forum. Using mixed-effects models, the study finds that early elementary school students living in public housing neighborhoods who received literacy training in a community-based afterschool program, The Bridge Project, demonstrated better growth in reading proficiency over time than similar students who were not enrolled in The Bridge Project. The findings provide preliminary evidence that it is possible to impact reading proficiency for very high-risk students in the early grades of elementary school, which may help narrow the achievement gap. The abstract and the article may be found here
. This work was supported by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Social Innovation Fund combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The work was also made possible by Mile High United Way, the Bridge Project and the University of Denver.