Published August 22, 2019
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Corpus Christi is one of eleven coalitions of local civic leaders and funders joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR), a nationwide movement to ensure early school success for children from low-income families.
The newest communities to join this collaborative effort are: Adams County, Illinois; Jackson, Mississippi; Metro Omaha, Nebraska; Guilford County, North Carolina; Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Brazos Valley, Texas; Corpus Christi-Nueces County; Texas; Lubbock County, Texas; Midland, Texas; and Tyler-Smith County, Texas. Corpus Christi is among a growing list of Texas communities that have or will be developing local plans through the support of Start Smart Texas, the statewide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partner that is led by United Ways of Texas and Texas PBS.
“Our Success By 6 action plan addresses challenges to improve the quality of early childhood learning and development for children prenatal to kindergarten, and provides parents and the community with tools and resources to support children’s early learning,” said Sherry L. Peterson, Success By 6 Director for United Way of the Coastal Bend. “We’re excited about the resources this will provide to efforts already underway in the Coastal Bend.”
Membership in the GLR Network gives the Corpus Christi initiative access to experts and policymakers focused on early school success; assistance in addressing the challenges that keep many children from learning to read; and access to the Community Learning for Impact & Improvement Platform (CLIP), which is designed to lower the barriers and costs associated with spreading information about what’s working, why and under what conditions.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading seeks to disrupt generational poverty by mobilizing communities to promote early school success for those children currently on the high-risk side of the achievement gap. To date, their efforts have helped to spark a “grassroots to governors” movement for ensuring early school success, advancing grade-level reading and reducing chronic absence as important policy priorities. More than 4,100 organizations have formed “big tent” sponsoring coalitions in 300+ communities across 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. To learn more, visit gradelevelreading.net and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.