More 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.
- 1-11-17: Campaign For Grade-Level Reading Lifts Up 14 Public Housing Agencies for Exemplary Work To Transform Their Communities Into Book-Rich Environments
- 1-5-17: Campaign For Grade-Level Reading Commends U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Education for Joining Forces to Launch the Book-Rich Environments Initiative
- 4-29-16: HUD Joins Forces with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to Improve Literacy Skills For Children Living In Public Housing
GLR CAMPAIGN SPECIAL EDITION HOUSING SERIES – 2014
2017 GLR WEEK RESOURCES
Public Housing as a Platform for 24/7/365
Moderator: Charles Rutheiser, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Lead Discussants: Rebecca Friendly, Age of Learning – ABCmouse; Michael Lombardo, BookNook; Betsey Martens, Bringing School Home; Preston Prince, Fresno Housing Authority; William Russell, Sarasota Housing Authority; Ginger Young, Book Harvest
- Bringing School Home Slide Deck
- Public Housing as a Platform Session Documentation
- Public Housing As a Platform Materials
The Intersection of Housing and School Readiness
Local GLR campaigns are increasingly reaching out to housing authorities to join the GLR coalition because of their unique access to vulnerable populations. Housing authorities can play a significant role, in collaboration with other public agencies and nonprofits, in efforts to increase readiness for success in school. This session features a set of communities that are implementing especially powerful partnership arrangements with housing authorities to leverage their effectiveness and drive results.
Preston Prince, Fresno Housing Authority; Fresno, Calif., moderator
James A. Cloar, Tampa Housing Authority; Tampa, Fla.
Jillian Fisher, United Way of Greater Topeka; Shawnee County, Kan.
Sally Fuller, The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation; Springfield, Mass.
Trey George, Topeka Housing Authority; Shawnee County, Kan.
Slide Deck and Session Documentation
Prioritizing and Achieving Results for Vulnerable Populations Over the Summer Months
Housing authorities are eager to partner with community organizations and other agencies to ensure that resident children have access to a variety of enriching programs and activities during the summer. This session explores exemplary models of program partnerships to keep children learning and healthy during the time of year when services, supports and opportunities for vulnerable populations of children are typically diminished.
Sunny Shaw, Housing Authority of the City of Pocatello, Idaho, moderator
Francisco Blanco, City of Phoenix Housing Department; Phoenix, Ariz.
Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Oakridge Neighborhood; Des Moines, Iowa
Mark Thiele, Houston Housing Authority; Houston, Texas
Slide Deck and Session Documentation
Bringing Attendance Home
A growing number of local GLR campaigns are effectively engaging their housing authorities to reach especially vulnerable populations of children. The communities featured in this session have been particularly successful in improving school attendance through partnering with their local housing agencies. These communities will discuss the formation of their engagement with these agencies, as well as the key elements of their partnership that have begun to move the needle on reducing chronic absence.
Jeff Smink, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, moderator
Lewis Jordan, Housing Authority of the County of Marin, Calif., moderator
Christine Arouth, Newport Family Child Opportunity Zone; Newport, R.I.
William Russell, Sarasota Housing Authority; Suncoast, Fla.