The Need

Communication skills are fundamental to children’s development and future success; they are the foundation for learning, play and social interaction.

Unfortunately, many young people, especially those from low income families, bring a limited vocabulary to school. Low income students, on average are coming to school, having heard one third the vocabulary that children from professional families have. One third! That’s from a study by Hart and Risley (1995) and another by Fernand et al. (2013). This affects children’s educational growth in a major way, as this gap widens throughout their school lives.

The Mission

Dramatic Impact provides struggling and reluctant young readers from low-income situations, with engaging literacy activities - both in the classroom and after school that have proven to be effective to improve academic, social, and cognitive skills.

The Model

The core of our literacy work centers on communication development: speaking and listening, reading, inquiring and writing.  We use dramatic role-play as one of our core strategies: To put children in a variety of roles and contexts, thus creating a verbally rich environment in which speaking and listening are crucial and engaging. In these role dramas children hear and respond to words and phrases in context, building improved, even powerful communication skills.