United Way works to reduce Delaware illiteracy rate

United Way of Delaware's Michelle Taylor talks about the latest efforts to improve reading rates for Delaware's children by the third grade.

United Way of Delaware recently joined state leaders and education officials to launch a campaign to improve student’s reading rates by the third grade. It’s called the Delaware Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

In Delaware, 52 percent of students read on grade level by the end of third grade. That rate tumbles to just 37 percent in 17 low-income zip codes from Wilmington to Sussex County.

We sat down with United Way of Delaware President and CEO Michelle Taylor to get a better understanding of the problem and the campaign to fix it.

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