The GLR Campaign recognizes Dallas, Texas, as a 2016 Pacesetter for its exemplary use of proven and promising practices, focus on driving with data as well as its impressive cross-sector collaboration, community-wide mobilization.
The Commit! Partnership demonstrates what happens with full-scale community mobilization to assure early learning, literacy and third-grade reading proficiency. This is an effort that is hitting on multiple cylinders due to more than 190 community partners that have made formal commitments to work collectively to achieve specific results using common performance measures and data to guide their work. This has positioned the Commit! Partnership to scale up effective interventions in early learning and literacy — including Vroom and a community-wide campaign to increase pre-K enrollment — and to advocate effectively at the state legislative level for increases in pre-K funding. In addition, more than 250 individual stakeholders — representing numerous civic leaders from the philanthropic, local government, public safety and nonprofit sectors — have pledged their support to Early Matters Dallas, a cross-sector campaign to assure 60% of students in the Dallas metro area are reading at a proficient level at the end of third grade by 2025 — up from 34% in 2015.
The initiative includes an Alignment Council with a deep and diverse group of leaders from the public, private and social sectors.