Wake County, North Carolina
The GLR Campaign recognizes Wake County, North Carolina, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness for children from low-income families.
The WAKE UP and Read school readiness efforts are county-wide, and focused on low-income children birth to 5, along with their families. Remarkably, the percentage of incoming kindergarten students entering at proficient or above went from 22% in the 2014–15 school year, to 34% in 2016–17. To produce these outstanding results, this community draws on promising research-based practices in setting and tailoring strategies. Data collection and analysis are also essential to identify areas of success, as well as reveal gaps and remove barriers to boost educational opportunities for young people. Additionally, a kindergarten entry assessment is given to students during the first few weeks of school, and analyzed at the school and district levels. School attendance is tracked daily and reviewed by social workers and principals to focus on prevention strategies.
This robust community collaborative serves the largest school district in North Carolina and engages a network of dedicated providers in annual book drives and extensive parent outreach and messaging, to ensure that every child is inspired, equipped and empowered to read.
For more information, contact Community Lead: Elizabeth Santana