59% of Santa Barbara County’s 3rd graders need additional support in order to meet English/Language Arts standards measured on the Common Core standards-aligned CA Assessment of Student Performance & Progress test.

CUSD Literacy Partnership 

United Way and Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) are enhancing and expanding an existing partnership to provide additional early educational opportunities and literacy development curriculum to Carpinteria students in pre-k to 5th grades, with an emphasis on helping students reach critical 3rd grade reading benchmarks. 
In order to address CUSD’s three-year goals, this partnership provides an expanded suite of literacy support services, including access to books, kindergarten readiness programming, online individualized literacy tools, and summer learning programming.
UWSBC and CUSD have partnered for over 15 years in a variety of capacities to provide early education and out-of-school time programs, that work synergistically to address the myriad issues that affect a student’s ability to read at grade level. CUSD literacy partnership program offerings include:
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library – Monthly books help Carpinteria children up to age 5 start fostering a love of reading.
  • Kindergarten Success Institutes – early education program helps 4 classrooms of CUSD’s entering kindergarteners and still-struggling kindergarteners at Canalino and Aliso Schools master basic academic and social/emotional skills for success in school.
  • Power Reading – Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, all CUSD students attending Aliso, Canalino, and Summerland Elementary Schools (a total of nearly 1,000 students) will have access to individualized, online reading enhancement programs that improve their literacy skills and boost their motivation to pursue higher education and a career.
  • Fun in the Sun – 300 youth (48 from Carpinteria) will improve academic, behavioral, and social skills, instead of falling behind, through this award-winning summer learning program.