Why are Rochester’s Children at Risk?
Today, a growing number of school-aged Rochester City children are confronted with the issue of literacy. The implications of this problem are far reaching and directly affect graduation rates, crime levels, teen pregnancy, gang affiliations, increased levels of unemployment and the potential collapse of the city’s social infrastructure.
It is Hard to Succeed if you can’t read.
Since 2002, Mercier Literacy for Children has helped hundres of Rochester City School District children in grades K-3 confront the challenges of struggling readers by providing a comprehensive language arts intervention process within the school day, after school and during the summer.
Developed in collaboration with Nazareth College Graduate School of Literacy and under the guidance of Graduate Director Dr. Naomi Erdmann, this evidenced-based intervention system has a proven track record of helping students succeed. The program is nurturing, safe and provides a risk-free environment for students. Most importantly, 100% of the students have improved on the majority of assessments given during the summer program. To expand the reach of Mercier Literacy for Children, we need your help. To learn how you can make a difference in the life of a Rochester city child and the future of our community, please explore our website.