In 1998, the Los Angeles Times launched Reading by 9 in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Reading by 9 is a multi-year campaign aimed at helping kindergarten through third-grade students read at grade level by the age of nine.
Working with parents, educators, business and civic leaders and community organizations, The Times is serving as a catalyst to focus public attention on the crisis of child illiteracy. In addition, The Times is using its leadership and influence to promote public-private partnerships to improve children's reading skills.
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