Research indicates that children need to learn to read by the 3rd grade so that they are capable of reading to learn as they advance through school and more complex subject matter.  Unfortunately about two out of every three children nationwide and about eight of of every ten low-income children are not reading on grade level by the third grade.  That is an indicator that they will not graduate high school and places them at risk for several negative outcomes.  At a community-level, the failure to teach our children to be proficient readers hurts everyone.  As our next generation reaches adulthood many will not have the skills to enter the workforce and support themselves and their families.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was launched to reverse this potentially catastrophic trend by supporting common-sense solutions at the federal, state and local levels.  With community driven efforts, the Campaign aims to increase 3rd grade reading proficiency nationwide by addressing five issues that often hinder children’s ability to develop literacy skills.

  • Attendance
  • Healthy Readers
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Readiness
  • Summer Learning

More than 20 local partners are collaborating to tackle these challenges in Early Readers.  Future Leaders:  Pinellas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.  Our goal is to ensure that every 3rd grade student in Pinellas County is reading at grade level by 2020.  Schools cannot do this alone.  Engaged communities including business leaders, non-profit organizations, local government and faith-based organizations can assist parents and schools in overcoming obstacles to reading proficiency.