3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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

Fresno CA

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Fresno, CA

The Fresno, CA, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on school readiness outcomes.  Data for seven districts in Fresno that represent 80% of the county’s children indicates a school readiness level of 38.25%, a 3.8% improvement from the previous year and up 2% from 2011-12.

The local Campaign is implementing home visiting and other programs as  key strategies to drive progress.  These offer messages, tools and supports to help parents and caregivers succeed in promoting early language and literacy and healthy on-track child development.

Moreover, the local Campaign has mounted a concerted effort to improve attendance through community-wide attendance awareness campaigns, designed to help parents understand and own the importance of good attendance.  Additional strategies include:  adding supports that address barriers to getting to school; school level messaging, modeling and incentives to nurture a culture and cultivate the habits of excellent attendance; cross-sector coordination to identify and create strategies to address health challenges that are major contributors to chronic absence; and positive priority early outreach starting at the beginning of the school year to prevent chronic absence.

The Fresno GLR Campaign reaches approximately 97,000 low-income children in the area.  The Campaign regularly tracks the following as key measures of its overall impact on student outcomes:  percent of K-3 students from low-income families who are chronically absent. Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012, local GLR Lead, Mercedes Carmona, commented, “The cross sector collaboration and synergy around third grade reading includes 95 organizations representing 10 unique sectors. Utilizing the Human Centered Design Cycle and continuous improvement methods involves both leadership and frontline implementers.  This intentional and defined process, using data throughout, has been instrumental to our community’s action plan and ongoing efforts.”

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading proudly recognizes the shared ownership for the progress in Fresno among the following members of the local sponsoring coalition:


  • The Children’s Movement Fresno
  • Fresno Regional Foundation
  • First 5 Fresno County
  • United Way of Fresno County
  • Fowler Unified School District
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • City of Fresno
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Fresno Superior Court
  • Firebaugh Las Deltas Unified School District
  • Kings Canyon Unified School District
  • League of Women Voters
  • Saint Agnes Medical Center
  • Teaching Fellows
  • Valley Children’s Hospital
  • Fresno County Health Department
  • Central Valley Children’s Services Network
  • Fresno County District Attorney’s Office
  • Marjaree Mason Center
  • Central Unified School District
  • Clovis Unified School District
  • Fresno County Probation
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • Fresno Housing Authority
  • Granville Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County
  • California State University, Fresno
  • Central California Children’s Institute at California State University, Fresno
  • Central Valley Afterschool Foundation
  • HandsOn Central California
  • Reading and Beyond
  • Fresno County EOC
  • Valley PBS
  • Fresno County Office of Education
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education
  • Fresno Public Library
  • Cal Viva