Delray Beach, Florida
The GLR Campaign recognizes Delray Beach, Florida, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level measurable progress in school attendance and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families.
Between 2011–12 and 2015–16, the percentage of low-income K–3 children who were chronically absent was reduced from 6.54% to 2.1%, a 68% reduction. In addition, Delray Beach saw an increase of 22% over two years in the number of low-income children reading proficiently. The coalition incorporates a wide range of strategies into its work to achieve these results. It has a rigorous data-driven approach that relies on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Palm Beach County School District to share student data. The MOU allows the coalition access to disaggregated data and also permits the coalition to collect data on specific programs to prevent summer reading slide (including a summer camp academic program and a kindergarten backpack book program).
Efforts in Delray Beach to prioritize children and families in a predominantly low-income neighborhood include working with a local school to incorporate Early Head Start and Head Start directly onto the school campus, as well prenatal care; day care for babies; elementary, middle, high school; and adult education.