About the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign
The Florida Children’s Council serves as Florida’s state network lead for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. In the fall of 2013, the Council was approached to serve alongside 14 other states in an effort to elevate local grade-level reading campaigns from across the nation.
As the lead organization, the Council works closely with experts from the national office on ways to support local efforts and strategies to expand the work. The national goal by 2020 is to have a dozen or more states increase by at least 100% the number of low-income children reading proficiently at the end of 3rd grade. The Council is on target to assist Florida in becoming one of these states.
Through generous funding (2015-2017) provided by the Helios Education Foundation the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign (FGLRC) is now focusing on creating infrastructure to sustain grade-level reading efforts statewide by developing four networks anchored in the tenets of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading:
1) Network of Community Leaders – a learning community to share best practices, focus on outcomes and align efforts. The work and associated outcomes will be used as demonstration efforts of what can and should be accomplished statewide.
2) Early Learning Policy Thought Leaders – working from analysis on current state investments, child development research, proven system development strategies and community efforts, early childhood experts will develop a platform for systemic change that is focused on improved child and family outcomes.
3) Florida Business Leaders Alliance – in partnership with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the business sector will work to increase the prominence, funding and understanding of critical early childhood initiatives.
By anchoring this work in the grade-level reading framework, we are organizing existing efforts and expanding the work to improve coordination and alignment to make significant progress on grade-level reading outcomes for children. Although each Florida grade-level reading community is as unique as the community it serves, the shared vision for all of Florida’s children to read proficiently by third grade is the priority for all.