Maryland Out of School Time

Literacy and Out of School Time




There is a significant body of evidence that reading on grade level is an important indicator for future acacemic and life success. Unfortunately, many young people struggle with this important skill development. Afterschool and summer programs can play a critical role in providing literacy rich environments and engaging families in literacy activities. 


In partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's Baltimore Library Project, The Abell Foundation, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, MOST is proud to coordinate SummerREADS: a six-week, free, literacy initiative where Baltimore's emerging readers can explore hands-on workshops and library materials during the summer months. Entering it's third summer, SummerREADS opens 10 libraries to instill a love of learning and literacy in Baltimore's youth, and better prepare them for the upcoming school year. 


SummerREADS 2016

From June 27th to August 4th, Monday through Thursday, SummerREADS will operate at the following Baltimore City Public Schools: 



SummerREADS 2015



In 2015, SummerREADS served over 500 unique students at the following sites: 



SummerREADS 2014

In our inaugural year of SummerREADS, over 400 students enjoyed over 1,000 hours of STEM workshops, literacy activities, meals, and reading time at:



Campaign for Grade Level Reading

At the national level the Campaign for Grade Level Reading is working with partners to make reading proficiency by the end of third grade a priority and to improve school readiness, attendance and summer learning. With the Family League of Balitmore City, MOST  co-chairs the Expanded Learning Opportunity sub-group of Baltimore's Campaign for Grade Level Reading.  


Additional Literacy Resources