To Unite the Community to

Support Literacy

The San Diego Council on literacy is committed to fostering a culture and environment of inclusivity and equity.  Click here to read our full statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


We’re celebrating by giving away tens of thousands of books to local children. Click here to read more!


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Literacy Statistics You Should Know

  • 46% of 3rd graders in the San Diego Unified School District do not meet the standard for language arts (reading/writing).
  • 82% of 3rd graders in Solana Beach Elementary School District meet the language arts standard compared to 32% from the South Bay Unified School District.
  • Almost 70% of White students, countywide, in grades 3-8 and 11th grade, meet the language arts standard vs. Black students (40%) and Latinx students (44%).
  • National City, Chula Vista, and Imperial Beach adult residents rank lowest in literacy skills among those residing in the 18 cities in the region. 33% of National City adult residents read English at a 0-4 grade level.
    More statistics here

16,500 Book Giveaway! 

In May of 2021, The Molina Foundation donated 16,500 books! The books were distributed to 12 community organizations throughout San Diego County! Thank you to The Arc of San Diego, San Diego County Library, Words Alive, and San Diego Registrar of Voters for your involvement in making this a success! 

SDCOL Priorities

  • Documenting the state of literacy in the San Diego region.
  • Instilling the importance of literacy in the region.
  • Increasing impact of services through coordinated community-scaled efforts.
  • Filling services gaps via initiatives and support to SDCOL affiliated literacy programs.
  • Generating resources that support local literacy priorities.

Photo by Luis Jimenez

Photo by Luis Jimenez

Our Newsletter: Voice of Literacy

Voice of Literacy is the newsletter developed and distributed by the San Diego Council on Literacy. The newsletter contains information about literacy programs in San Diego County, literacy issues, literacy events around the county, and inspiring personal stories from literacy students and others.