3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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

Public Housing


glr-public-housing-2More than one million children from birth to age 8 are living in public housing in the United States. Research shows that eighty percent of children from low-income families enter kindergarten so far behind that they do not catch up and are unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade, a key predictor of high school graduation.

Housing is a critical platform and portal for early learning and early school success.

To promote and increase the work being done across the country to improve the grade-level reading skills of children living in public housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has joined forces with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Together, we will promote the great work Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) are leading nationwide to address this issue and will build strong, local coalitions that support PHAs with providing diverse, high-quality books and literacy support to children and families.