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An alarming number of children — about 64 percent nationwide — with more than 79 percent of those from asset-limited families, are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. This has significant and long-term consequences not only for each of those children but also for their communities and our nation as a whole. If left unchecked, this issue will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap, and reduce high school dropout rates. Far fewer of the next generation will be prepared to succeed in a global economy, participate in higher education, or enter military and civilian service.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) was launched in 2010, at the national level, to reverse this potentially catastrophic trend. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation — grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn; most students who fail to reach this critical milestone struggle in the later grades.

Although schools must be accountable for helping all children achieve by providing effective teaching in every classroom every day, the campaign has learned that schools cannot succeed alone. Engaged communities mobilized to remove barriers, expand opportunities, and assist parents in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities in the success of their children are needed to assure student success.

As CGLR moves forward in their momentum and towards bigger outcomes, there will be an increased focus on the health determinants for early school success.


Local Efforts: The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) is a communitywide effort in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties to help children from birth through 3rd grade, especially those from asset-limited families, succeed in life by ensuring they read on grade level.

SCGLR is a collaborative effort formed by individuals, businesses, nonprofits, the government, and media to change the trajectory for our region’s most vulnerable families by working within five solution areas proven to ensure early school success:

  • School Readiness
  • Attendance
  • Summer Learning
  • Family Engagement
  • Health Determinants

Sarasota County, led by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, submitted a Community Solutions Action Plan and became an official CGLR community in 2014.  Sarasota County was named as a Pacesetter Community in 2015 and 2016, and once again in 2017, as part of the Suncoast region.

Manatee County, led by United Way Suncoast submitted a Community Solutions Action Plan and became an official CGLR community in early 2015.

Charlotte County, led by United Way of Charlotte County submitted a Community Solutions Action Plan and became an official CGLR community in June 2018.

DeSoto County, led by United Way Suncoast submitted a Community Solutions Action Plan and became an official CGLR community in December 2018.

In April of 2015, Manatee County’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Sarasota County’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading came together with The Patterson Foundation to form a shared regional vision of success, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR). Participating SCGLR communities approach the work of the campaign through a regional lens, led by The Patterson Foundation and through a community lens with each lead partner working on solutions specific to their own communities.

In 2017, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was named as a Pacesetter Community, honored with an All-America Cities Award, and won three Communications Expo Awards.


Charlotte County Lead Partner:
United Way of Charlotte County
Angie Matthiessen
director@unitedwayccfl.org

DeSoto County Lead Partner:
United Way Suncoast
Sue Wetzel
Swetzel@uwsuncoast.org

Manatee County Lead Partner:
United Way Suncoast
Bronwyn Beightol
bbeightol@uwsuncoast.org

Sarasota County Lead Partner:
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Kirsten Russell
krussell@cfsarasota.org

Lead Partners:

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Through the generosity of its donors, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has invested millions of dollars in education in Sarasota County for many years. A proud SCGLR supporter in Sarasota County, with the belief that working together with community partners can create a huge impact on the lives of local children.

United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast (UWS) develops resources and partnerships that make a measurable difference in people’s lives. UWS supports the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with the belief that the entire community must be invested in our children’s education.

United Way of Charlotte County

United Way of Charlotte County

United Way of Charlotte County leads the united effort to eliminate poverty by investing in our community. We do this by combining the resources donated by our neighbors and volunteers with the work of our nonprofit partners. In this way, we impact the cornerstones of a good life – financial stability, education and health. We are firmly committed to the pillars of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and ensuring maximum participation for the future of our children.

The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation works with partners to accelerate positive change by sharing fresh perspectives on strategy, contributing new ideas and providing resources. The act of creative collaboration produces results and knowledge that can be applied more broadly to transcend any single act of philanthropy. Using this philosophy, The Patterson Foundation is partnering with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading nationally as an Enterprise Funder, providing strategy and consulting expertise to build an online community connecting the more than 285 areas across the country committed to the campaign. Locally, The Patterson Foundation is providing strategic resources to support the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to encourage our community to become part of a movement to ensure every child has the ability to read to learn.

Additional Partners: