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Get Cocky and Read!

Listing Last Update: October 20, 2015


921 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Primary Contact

Karen Magradey

(803) 777-3471

Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • To help my child learn

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Family literacy program

Program Overview

Get Cocky and Read! is an integration of two highly successful programs at the University of South Carolina (USC): Cocky's Reading Express (CRE), founded in 2007 by USC student government leaders in partnership with the SC Center for Children’s Books and Literacy (SCCCBL) – an outreach program and evaluation center of USC’s School of Library and Information Science - and the Get Ready to Read (GRR) initiative of the Arnold School of Public Health’s Speech and Hearing Research Center. Currently in its first year, the program began by identifying children with literacy delays and providing them with intensive summer instruction, and is continuing with family literacy nights, monthly school visits and eReader implementation. Recognizing that parent involvement is crucial for school success, the second year of the program will offer intensive summer instruction to children requiring concentrated literacy preparation, but it will also develop and test the impact of training parents to support children’s literacy development. Once the summer intensive program is completed, we will deliver parent training to a selected control group. Parents will be trained and provided with the necessary materials to conduct their own intensive pre-literacy training with their children. The goal is to develop a parent-led literacy program as well as the clinician -led program that will make summer intensive literacy activities broadly available throughout the state. In the 2014-2015 year, Family Literacy Nights will provide parents with presentations designed to promote understanding of how they can reinforce reading skills and integrate literacy into everyday activities.

Hours of operation: 8:30-5:00

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