The Literacy Cooperative is uniquely qualified to maximize opportunities and provide the literacy leadership needed for real systemic change.
Our History of Success Includes:
- Introducing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to several Cuyahoga County communities to assist families in creating a library of their own
- Incubating an essential new kindergarten reading intervention (SPARK) and transitioning it to Invest in Children for maximum impact
- Implementing superior volunteer tutoring practices (STEP)
- Leading the development of industry-specific contextualized curriculum to increase literacy levels for low-literate adults and enable them to access career pathways
- Connecting employers (including University Hospitals of Cleveland) with literacy services
- Neutralizing traditional service silos (through NEO Skill Corps) for increased synergy between providers
Our Day-to-Day Vision Incorporates:
- Creating career pathway entry points for greater equality
- Aligning resources and services for greater ROI
- Harnessing the transformative power of greater literacy
The Literacy Cooperative has proven success as a change agent.
Why are literacy skills important to the community?
Literacy skills affect parent-child interaction, school performance, graduation rates, employment opportunities, earnings and the quality of life in our communities. Today, people require more sophisticated skills than ever before to navigate health and financial systems, cope with advanced technology and meet the demands of more high-skilled jobs.
Strong literacy skills are necessary to help people reach their potential in their roles as family members, employees and citizens. Literacy is fundamental to active citizenship and full participation in a democratic society.
Equally, important, a literate workforce attracts and retains enterprises that offer jobs with benefits and higher wages, thereby creating a stronger economy for Greater Cleveland. Nationally, low literacy skills cost businesses and taxpayers $20 billion in lost wages, profits and productivity annually. Greater Cleveland cannot afford the costs that accompany low literacy.