3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Carolyn Lyons

carolyn_lyonsCarolyn Lyons Director, Special Initiatives

Carolyn Lyons was previously CEO of Strategies for Children (SFC), which works to ensure that children in Massachusetts have access to high-quality early education and become proficient readers by the end of third grade. SFC and its Early Education for All Campaign led efforts that resulted in the creation of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the Universal Pre- 2 Kindergarten statute and grant program, and the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, and laid the foundation for the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. In 2010, SFC launched a 10-year campaign to improve children’s reading proficiency that includes enactment of An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency, which Governor Deval Patrick signed into law in September, and a best practices initiative to align research, policy and practice to improve outcomes for children. Lyons joined SFC in 2002 as chief operating officer, after a successful career in business that included serving as vice president of Pearson Education’s Learning Network and director of international programming at Continental Cablevision/MediaOne. She serves on the board of the Milton (MA) Early Childhood Alliance and has chaired the board of the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center in Boston. Lyons has also worked as vice president of EF Cultural Travel in the Netherlands, a consultant with the Continental Consulting Group in Boston, and marketing manager for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company in Delaware. She serves on the board of Mil Milagros. Lyons graduated magna cum laude from St. Joseph’s University and earned an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.