3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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

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Early years linked to success in early grades

We’ve put a stake in the ground around third-grade reading. From its outset, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has promoted school readiness as one of three important community solutions that can move the needle on reading proficiency in the early grades, especially among low-income children.

The White House-sponsored Summit on Early Learning presents a truly important opportunity to amplify our message: school readiness is a key strategy for success. The Campaign has joined practitioners, advocates, policymakers and philanthropists to launch Invest in US, a cross-sector initiative to promote greater investments in the early years.

Action in this area is needed to reach our goal: Improve the prospects of low-income children by closing the readiness gap and ensuring that they read proficiently by the end of third grade.

Promoting successful parents and healthy readers to increase school readiness and highlighting the importance of summer learning and regular attendance are key components of that effort.

Parents need tools, information and supports to succeed in their role as their child’s first and best teachers, and to ensure healthy, on-track development for their kids.

By investing in the early years, we lay the groundwork for success in the early grades.

Raise your voice

Here’s how you can help amplify our message:

  • Follow the summit: Follow @readingby3rd on Twitter for updates or go to whitehouse.gov/live to watch the event live. Be sure to tune in at 11:05 a.m. (ET) when Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, will participate in a panel discussion. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at noon (ET).InvestinUSlogo
  • Participate in a Twitterstorm: Beginning at 6:01 a.m. (ET) on December 10, 2014, tweet about how and why expanded access to early learning would promote grade-level reading. Be sure to include the #investinus and #GLReading hashtags.
  • Spread the word: Knowledge is power. Check out our key strategies for success focused on successful parents, school readiness and healthy readers. Share the information with policymakers and civic leaders to highlight the essential link between the early years and grade-level reading. Explore our Bright Spots page to see the many ways communities have already taken action.
  • Share your story: Help us show how investments in the early years will help to achieve third-grade reading proficiency. Reach out to local media, funders and civic leaders to highlight the important work happening in your community. And don’t forget to keep us in the loop; visit the Bright Spots and Tell Our Story webpages to update us on your progress.