3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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

Kansas City, MO

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Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City, MO, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is being recognized as a Pacesetter for making measurable progress on summer learning outcomes. The Kansas City community continues to transform summer into a time when students not only avoid the summer slide, but gain reading skills. The Kansas City Public School District (the city’s largest district) led the way in 2014 by instituting a requirement that all summer programs with which they contract must employ certified teachers and provide 90 minutes of reading instruction each day. Moreover, they provided funding for summer academic enrichment camp for essentially all elementary school students that could be considered struggling readers. As a result, the average student attending one of these summer programs demonstrated a significant increase in reading skills measured by a formal assessment administered by the Kansas City Public School District.

The Kansas City GLR Campaign reaches approximately 32,500 low-income children.  The local Campaign regularly tracks the following summer learning indicators as key measures of its overall impact on student outcomes:  percent of children from low-income families who participate in pre-K high-quality summer learning opportunities that include a literacy or pre-literacy component; percent of children from low-income families who participate in a summer reading program; and percent of children from low-income families who participate in summer meals programs.  Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012,  Mayor Sly James commented, “Summer time should not be a time to step away from reading. It should be a time to read even more.  Reading books is a great pastime for kids learning to read, and I’m pleased that Kansas City is a Pacesetter and has earned this award.”

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

  • Turn the Page KC
  • ACE (Alliance for Childhood Education)
  • America’s Promise Alliance
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Barkley Worldwide Advertising
  • Berkley Philanthropic
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Caring for Kids
  • Center School District Summer School Staff
  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • Dunn Family Foundation
  • Elevate KC
  • Family Conservancy
  • Freedom Schools
  • George K. Baum Family Foundation
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
  • Guadalupe Center
  • H&R Block Foundation
  • Hall Family Foundation
  • Hallmark Corporate Foundation
  • Hickman Mills Public School District
  • JE Dunn
  • Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • JJ’s Restaurant
  • Joan and Bert Berkley Blue Heron Foundation
  • Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium
  • Kansas City Power & Light District
  • Kansas City Public Libraries
  • Kansas City Public School District
  • Kansas City Public Television (KCPT)
  • LINC
  • Literacy KC
  • Local Investment Commission
  • Lowenstein Family Supporting Foundation
  • Mattie Rhodes Explore Program
  • Metropolitan Community College – Francis Institute
  • Mid America Regional Council – Metropolitan Council on Early Learning
  • Mid-Continent Public Libraries
  • Mid-Continent Public Library System
  • Morningstar Communications Fund
  • North Kansas City Summer School Staff
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Park Hill School District Summer School Staff
  • Prep-KC
  • Pushing Excellence
  • Raytown School District
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Sprint Foundation
  • Swope Corridor Renaissance Upper Room, Inc.
  • The Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Urban League of Greater Kansas City
  • Willie and Sandra Lawrence Family Foundation Fund
  • YMCA