The campaign has built a network of more than 134 communities from 35 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have created action plans to make third grade reading success a priority for their kids and families.  

We are leveraging the expertise and support provided by a broad group of campaign investors and partners to advance grade-level reading in states and communities.

We share the best ideas, research, guides and references on our campaign website to give parents, schools and communities the latest resources they need to get involved and stay informed.

We are working to address the readiness gap that is making too many kids lag behind as students and later as adults.

Chronic school absence is creating an attendance gap that disproportionally holds back kids from low-income families who are missing critical learning days in the early years when reading curriculum is taught. Attendance Works is a Casey-supported national and state-level initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success

Kids who don’t have access to enriching activities while out of school suffer summer learning loss that makes it even harder to catch up when the new school year starts. We work to support summer learning programs thought the country with the National Summer Learning Association.

In Georgia, public agencies and elected officials; nonprofits and community organizations; and schools and school districts have joined forces to make improved third-grade-reading scores their goal. 

Community Network leaders in Providence, Rhode Island and Oakland, California are finding innovative and effective ways to boost early literacy.

In June, 2013, communities such as Florida and New York marked Summer Learning Day to help spread the word about the importance of reading proficiency.

The GLR campaign successfully teamed with a school district in Iowa to promote Attendance Awareness Month. Last year's effort there resulted in lowering chronic absence in one at-risk school from 7% to 2%.

Madison County, New York, was one of 67 communities that participated in the Tell Our Story project, providing a candid and engaging account of what it takes for a rural community with 10 school districts, 25 towns and villages and over 660 square miles to tackle the GLR challenge.

Building a “big tent” to harness the energy, resources, leadership and voice needed for effective action and advocacy.

Encouraging more effective philanthropy to ensure more investment in what works and greater impact from strategically aligned grant making.

Investing to accelerate change in specific places to produce models, proof points and inspiration.

The 30 Million Word Gap: The Role of Parent-Child Verbal Interaction in Language and Literacy Development: This issue brief explores what research tells us about the critical role played by parent-child interaction in preparing young children for school and society.

KIDS COUNT Data Center: Find the latest data and trends about how kids are doing in your state, including preschool attendance, academic test scores, attendance, graduation rates and much more. 

Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading: A follow-up to 2010's Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, this report supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences. 

Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation: Find out why students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers. This study breaks down the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.

Climbing the Ladder of Reading Proficiency: Read how a group of parents, educators, community-based service providers, funders and education experts created a learning complex with the goal of permanently changing the path of children living in poverty.    

Attendance Works: Find resources and toolkits to help ensure that every school in every state not only tracks chronic absence data for its individual students but also intervenes to help those children and schools.

The National Summer Learning Association: Explore summer-learning tools, resources and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.

From the Blog

Upcoming Webinar: How Your School or Nonprofit Can Better Engage Parents

An Aug. 9 Foundation webinar will highlight a new tool that helps nonprofits and schools better engage parents in their work and develop parent leaders.

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What We Know

video: how your zip code matters to reading skills

The Campaign is dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. Why does this gap occur and how we can close it?

building a movement: funder-to-funder huddle

In June, the Campaign brought together state and local funders who support grade-level reading for low-income children. The huddle provided a rare opportunity for funders to share challenges and successes.

video: is summer vacation hurting reading skills?

NBC’s Brian Williams explains how one promising program is helping to combat  summer “brain drain” for low-income kids across the nation.