Reading to Succeed is Literacy

The simplest definition of literacy is the ability to read and write.

But in a larger sense, literacy means understanding or competency. Today, literacy is often used along with another word. Computer, financial, emotional, and health literacy are common forms of literacy. When used this way, it describes having a working knowledge of a specific topic. Numeracy, or understanding and working with numbers, is also a part of the bigger picture of learning. 

At United for Literacy, we believe everyone can learn, but not everyone has the support and resources to succeed. For many young children, gaining confidence is one of the steps to building literacy skills. Working with one person—a tutor, parent, or teacher—each week builds trust. When someone shows up and encourages a learner, it helps to build confidence. This is necessary when the work is challenging.

It’s important to recognize that every child has some level of literacy. Even if a child cannot read or write, they have learned. Children are resilient and adaptable. That is why we meet children where they are on their learning journey. 

Being able to read and write confidently makes living in today’s world more comfortable. Young children with support as they learn to give them the structure to become stronger readers. This sets them up for success as they continue in school and life. 

Literacy changes lives.