PREP, Primary Reading Engagement Program, is a high impact, research-based education solution designed to support under-resourced communities. PREP promotes family literacy and family engagement through interactive reading practice between child and parent. Book choice, contingent rewards (rewards related to reading) and parental involvement empower kids to change out of school reading behaviors to become proficient readers.
Children thrive and achieve grade level reading when following the PREP program with fidelity. It's simple-the more kids read, the better they become. This achievement builds confidence and children achieve more equitable learning outcomes.
Research and real classroom experience show positive change in reading motivation that leads to positive change in reading achievement. PREP has been published in the academic journals, Reading Improvement and The Journal of Teacher Action Research.
PREP has been implemented in school districts, libraries, summer camps, after school programs, and non-profits that offer wrap around support. PREP's clear and simple points of integration appeal to a wide range of organizations. The simplicity of the program allows greater access for families to easily engage in reading together.
Children are extremely motivated to earn the scratch off rewards so they begin reading each night. Students are empowered by the rewards to change their home reading behaviors. The best part is these rewards aren't toys and candy; they are simply more reading!
PREP is an interactive reading practice between child and parent/caregiver. The program provides targeted and easy-to-use materials for parents and caregivers to use
with their children. PREP engages families as partners in their children's learning.
PREP provides progress tracking stickers and charts along with reading logs for parents and caregivers to sign each night once they have read with their children. This consistent practice allows greater access for families to easily engage in reading together.
"From our data, it is evident that students that were highly engaged in the PREP program were more likely to see gains in phonological awareness and phonics. Informal student conversations validated that data as well and students verbalized their excitement about earning incentives and having books to read at home."
- School District Curriculum Director