3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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

Stockton-San Joaquin County, CA

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Stockton-San Joaquin County, CA

The Stockton-San Joaquin County, CA, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student attendance outcomes. San Joaquin County saw a reduction in truancy (chronic absenteeism) from 30% to 25% overall, and more than 20,000 kids achieved perfect attendance during the month of September 2014.

Launching the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge has been a significant accomplishment that encourages students to come to school on time every day. During the month of September students who achieve perfect attendance are entered into a drawing for prizes including bikes and Amazon Kindles. The Attendance Challenge involves partnership and support from local businesses. In 2014, 60 local schools participated.

The Stockton-San Joaquin County GLR Campaign serves an area that includes approximately 50,000 PK-3 students, approximately 33,000 of whom come from low-income families. In partnership with the Stockton Unified School District, the Campaign regularly tracks the percent of K-3 students from low-income families who are chronically absent as a key measure of its overall impact on student outcomes.  Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012, local GLR Lead, Jennifer Torres Siders, commented, “We are proud to have made early literacy an important part of the civic conversation in Stockton-San Joaquin County, and we’re encouraged by the progress we’ve seen so far, especially around attendance. We know our goals are ambitious, but we believe we are on the path toward achieving them.”

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


  • University of the Pacific
  • San Joaquin A+
  • San Joaquin County Office of Education
  • Stockton Unified School District
  • First 5 San Joaquin
  • Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library
  • Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin
  • United Way of San Joaquin County, Inc.
  • San Joaquin County Judge Jose Alva
  • Comcast
  • Office of Assemblywoman Susan Eggman
  • San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Cort. Cos
  • Central United Methodist Church
  • The Record Newspaper
  • Lincoln Unified School District
  • Children Now
  • AT&T
  • Bank of Stockton
  • San Joaquin RTD
  • PG&E
  • YMCA of San Joaquin County
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Health Plan of San Joaquin
  • Stockton Symphony
  • Diocese of Stockton
  • Lakeview Assembly Church
  • San Joaquin County Supervisor Kathy Miller
  • El Concilio
  • Sheriff Steve Moore
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health
  • Visionary Home Builders
  • Lodi Unified School District
  • Community Foundation of San Joaquin
  • Stockton Chamber of Commerce
  • Family Resource and Referral Center of San Joaquin
  • San Joaquin Library & Literacy Foundation
  • SASS! Public Relations
  • Reach Out and Read San Joaquin
  • Stockton City Council members Michael Tubbs and Moses Zapien
  • Housing Authority of San Joaquin