Support and Resources
For Communities and Partners
Florida Children’s Council
The Florida Children’s Council/Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign serves as the state lead agency to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Council maintains regular contact with all local community grade-level reading campaigns, strengthens communications between the Campaign enterprise and local communities, and facilitates peer learning exchanges, coordination of regional and state gatherings, and technical assistance and supports designed to help communities achieve success on the Campaign’s progress indicators and sustainability indicators. Additionally, in an effort to bring more communities into the Campaign, Council staff are available for presentations to school districts, early learning coalitions, chambers, associations, and any organization interested in learning how to start a local campaign in their region.
For more information of presentations contact us.
The GLR Huddle is our online home base for conversations, resource sharing and making connections and is open to grade-level reading staff, partners, funders and other parties who want to help grade-level reading communities by providing resources, information, expertise and advice. The Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign also hosts a private “Florida Group” within The Huddle for discussions, meeting announcements, webinars, and documents exclusive to our existing grade-level reading communities. To join the Florida conversation, please join The Huddle and then contact us for access to the Florida Group.
Resources by Issue
For Families and Providers
Resources for parents and early education providers listed below have been categorized based on the precise link identified; however, most websites provided contain helpful information for both parents and providers. We strongly recommend review of both parent and provider resource lists, as well as perusal of the entire websites.
Disclaimer: The resource links provided on this webpage are for general information purposes only and link to external websites which are not under our control – therefore we take no responsibility for technical issues you may encounter. Websites change frequently, and every effort is made to keep these website links current. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply our recommendation or endorsement of those products or services. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own discretion.
Activities, Tip Sheets, and Videos
Attendance Works: Parent handouts, toolkit, and webinar links regarding attendance.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Helpful tip sheets on education for all ages, health and fitness.
Council of the Great City of Schools: Helpful PowerPoint presentations and research regarding males of color, student testing and more.
First Book: Provides information on getting access to new books for children in need.
Joan Canz Cooney Center: A blog site for parents covering digital kids’ learning.
Jumpstart: Use this resource list to locate recommended reading materials, as well as helpful tips and tricks so that you can help your child cultivate a life-long love of literacy.
National Summer Learning Association: Resources and ideas for summer learning professionals and parents across the country.
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS): Provides parents with creative and crafty ideas for kids, and tips and advice on raising kids that are emotionally resilient. This site also touches on education and child development, and provides teachers with educational ideas and learning media.
Reach Out and Read: A list of books and tips recommended by experts to help parents read with their children.
Read Aloud 15 Minutes: Provides book selection ideas and tips for parents with children ages birth to five years old.
Reading Partners: Downloadable resources for parents to stay educated and informed about early education and the importance of being their kid’s first reading partners.
Reading Is Fundamental: For parents, educators, community leaders and young readers. You’ll find apps, activity calendars, booklists and STEAM enrichment activities to foster learning in school and at home.
Reading Rockets: For parents and teachers. Each section of this wesbite includes articles, tip sheets, videos and other resources.
Ready by 21: A collection of tools, reports, guides and other materials selected from across the expertise of the Ready by 21 National Partnership.
Say Yes to Education: Resources and publications on program elements, post-secondary education and rebuilding communities.
Scholastic: Essential parent tools including learning guides, parent blogs and informational videos.
Talk With Me Baby: Learn how early exposure to language can help a child build vocabulary, communicate better with adults and be ready for kindergarten.
Too Small to Fail: The site provides helpful parent instructional videos relating to early learning and early health from children ages zero to five.
United Way Worldwide: Featured blog post on volunteerism, philanthropy and service in communities and worldwide.
National Center for Families Learning: A compilation of resources for families including a national literacy directory, family learning tools and instruction, and family engagement.
Vroom: Brain building activities focused on children ages zero to five.
Early Childhood Development
ABCMouse.com: Full online curriculum for children ages 2-7, focusing on reading, math, science, arts and color.
America’s Promise Alliance: This site provides a toolkit developed to prevent school dropout in each stage of a child’s educational experience.
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life): Information on BELL’s program and focus to expand learning time, increase children’s academic skills and self-esteem, promote grade-level reading, provide healthy snacks and meals, and keep kids safe, active, and learning when school is not in session.
Born Reading: The best books from Birth to five. Top apps endorsed by teachers, librarians, and parents. The keys to developing lifelong appreciation for reading.
Raising A Reader: Information on the program’s core components and a breakdown of the organization’s family and community partnerships.
Abriendo Puertas: A compilation of website links and video resources focused on child and youth safety, children with special healthcare needs, demographic information, education and child care, and family economics – website links provided are also in Spanish language.
Center for Disease Control: Identifiers of developmental milestones for children birth to five.
Florida Students Achieve: Florida Students Achieve is dedicated to helping our state’s families, our communities and our schools strive for and reach ever-increasing educational goals. Here you will find resources to help you choose the best schools for your children and to understand what things students should be learning. This will help you work with your child’s teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Florida Office of Early Learning: Parent, provider and Early Learning Coalition resources on Parent Resource & Referral, Early Learning, School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.
Help Me Grow: (HMG) is a integrated statewide system designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns, and link children and their families to community-based developmental and behavioral services and supports.
National Human Services Assembly: Provides information to parents and educators on various topics relative to youth such as bullying, what youth think of themselves, diet and exercise, moving beyond academics, and engaging the youth.
National League of Cities/Institute for Youth Education and Families: Provides information and focuses on education and afterschool, youth development, early childhood success, safety of children and youth, and family economic success.
Nemours: An online portal for parents, families, and caregivers that provide information and resources on children’s health conditions, finding doctors, medical services, and medical research.
Understood: Resources for parents of children ages 3–20 struggling with learning and attention issues.
Zero to Three: Parent, provider and policy resources for children zero to three years of age.
Points of Light: Helps interested people identify volunteer opportunities in the areas of children and youth, education, etc.
YMCA of USA: Information on camps, childcare, education and leadership, food programs, and sports at community Ys.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America: Information on what BBBS of America does, whom they serve and what they have achieved. Please also visit their sister sites Latino Bigs and Mentoring Brothers.
Hands-on Provider Resources
Alliance for Children and Families Early Success: This site provides webinar and teleconference event-listings on a wide range of educational related topics.
Attendance Works: Tools include sample presentations about attendance, as well as materials tailored for specific audiences such as school administrators, city leaders or afterschool providers.
CFLeads: Stories, webinars, publications and case studies related to community leadership.
Coalition for Community Schools: Various resources and publications relating to academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement.
First Book: A collection of new, high-quality books and educational resources categorized by theme, age group and genre for schools and programs serving children in need.
Florida Afterschool Network (FAN): Provides unified leadership to advocate for the development, enhancement and sustainability of innovative, high quality afterschool programs and policies.
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers: The Forum Network facilitates effective philanthropy that strengthens communities and improves lives throughout the United States. It is comprised of 33 regional associations of grantmakers making it the largest network in American philanthropy.
Foundations, Inc.: This organization’s goal is to improve educational experiences for America’s children and youth in the hopes for them to have a brighter future. Nationwide, Foundations, Inc. teams with new and existing schools to boost academic performance and help children and youth thrive.
Gradnation.org: Various topic-based resource blogs on early education, literacy, attendance and other educational topics.
Joan Canz Cooney Center: The site provides publications on timely topics, including the landscape of children’s interactive media, mobile learning, and the debates over media multitasking — all of which have received national media attention.
Literacy Powerline: The page provides a reading research list for interested visitors.
Literacy Funders Network: The Grantmakers Toolbox on this site is helpful in assisting supporters interested in investing in literacy efforts.
National Association of Elementary School Principals: The National Principals Resource Center offers principals with the best research-based resources to help them lead their schools with distinction. The resources also include online issues of the award-winning Principal magazine, along with other educational newsletters and white papers.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: The resources are designed to help teachers, policymakers, district administrators and other stakeholders advocate for policies that strengthen teaching by integrating Board certification and capitalizing on the expertise of Board-certified teachers.
National Center for Children in Poverty: Early learning fact sheets for management and policy professionals.
National League of Cities/Institute for Youth Education and Families: Offers a broad range of action kits, toolkits, strategy guides and other resources that provide municipal leaders with practical ideas for helping children, youth and families thrive. City leaders can search for and download all of the Institute’s publications by topic area.
Learning Tools and Instruction
Balefire Labs: Children’s educational apps. Balefire focuses high quality instructional apps that can help children learn and develop usable skills needed as they grow into adults.
Business Roundtable: This site includes a variety of resources that illustrates policy and economic job growth in the U.S.
Extending and Enhancing Literacy Learning in Afterschool Programs Practice Guide: Created to help afterschool providers nationwide incorporate literacy skill development into their programs.
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families: Grantmakers focuses on effective grantmaking strategies which relates to children, youth and family philanthropy.
Grantmakers for Education: This site provides reports, updates and data collection regarding education philanthropy.
Grantmakers in Health: This resource offers continuing education materials, programs and strategic advice in relation to healthcare. It focuses on specific issues and services regarding healthcare.
myON.com: A complete literacy solution that reinvents the ways in which students and teachers interact with text. myON provides anytime, anywhere access to a library of more than 10,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time reporting and assessments and embedded close reading tools. The site also provides research on common core standards and fluency instruction for myOn.
Parents as Teachers: Fact sheets on Parents as Teachers’ impact on health, investing in Parents as Teachers, Parents as Teachers’ model/approach, working with special populations, partnerships, etc.
Ready Rosie: An early-education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts by leveraging the power of video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are.
Scholastic: Teacher resources and tools by grade level and topic, including grab-and-go lesson plans, discussion guides, and themes for classroom teaching.
Too Small to Fail: The site provides resources designed to help providers tackle the word gap and support early learning and brain development.
Research and Case Studies
Alliance for Early Success: This site provides information on research, policy and facts about early learning.
America’s Promise Alliance: This site provides resources and publications released by and/or co-authored by America’s Promise Alliance.
Association of Educational Services Agencies: Links to AESA research, state statutes and educational publications.
City Year: The site provides research publications on improved educational outcomes for students.
Dollywood Foundation/Imagination Library: Independent studies and grant resources related to early-childhood literacy.
Early Childhood Funders Collaborative: The resource center provides extensive information on topics relating to diversity and equity, early learning, family support, health and nutrition, and more.
Early Learning Ventures: The ELV Resource Platform is powered by CCA For Social Good and links child care providers to a variety of resources including marketing materials, HR, classroom tools, cost savings, and more.
Institute of Museums and Library Services: The IMLS Data Catalog page is comprised of agency data such as grants administration and data about museums, libraries, and related organizations—at the fingertips of researchers, developers and interested members of the public who want to dig deeper.
National Black Child Development Institute: The resource page provides research and publications pertaining to African Americans.
National Head Start Association: Provides research and case studies on topics such as early childhood development, family engagement and family development.
Save the Children: Provides technical and policy resources relating to education and child protection, health and nutrition, hunger and livelihoods, and influenza and pandemic threats.
Smarty Ants: The site includes a collection of research papers, case studies, and white papers highlighting the instructional strategies and curriculum design that support the needs of today’s classrooms including English-language learner needs, early literacy, reading disorders, reading skill development, data capture/analysis, use of games to learn, and more.
Urban Libraries Council: A variety of publications on topics that are critical to the continued transformation of libraries as community change agents and problem solvers.
The resource links below provide data on children and family health, education, and well-being and may be helpful to grade-level reading communities as they implement their Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) and identify targeted service areas for those most in need.
The Florida Children’s Council/Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign is currently engaged in a 2016 statewide fiscal, resource, and policy mapping and analysis of grade-level reading efforts and services throughout the state. At the conclusion of our study, a visual presentation, baseline data including a map of current resources dedicated to grade-level reading resources, and an assessment of strengths and challenges will be posted on this site.
- Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Florida Charts: Maternal and Child Health
- Florida Department of Education Data and Reports
- Florida Health Statistics and Data
- Florida Kids Count
- National Assessment of Educational Progress
- New America: Policy Analysis Data Visualization Tool
- National Institute for Early Education Research
- U.S. Census Bureau
- U.S. Census Bureau Education
Calendar of Events
2018 Literacy Events
January 21 – 26 – Children’s Week at the Capitol
January 22-26 – Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
January 23 – National Handwriting Day
February 1 – World Read Aloud Day
March – Reading Awareness Month
March 1 – World Book Day
March 2 – Read Across America (NEA)
April – School Library Month
April – National Poetry Month
April 2 – International Children’s Book Day
April 4 – School Librarian Day
April 8 – 14 – National Library Week
April 11 – National Bookmobile Day
April 23 – National Readathon Day
April 30 – May 6 – Children’s Book Week
May – Vision Health Month
May 7 – Library Legislative Day
May 8 – National Teacher Day
June 10 – National Children’s Day
July 12 – Summer Learning Day
August – Child’s Vision and Learning Month
August 2 – Coloring Book Day
September – Library Card Sign-up Month
September – Attendance Awareness Month
September 6 – Read a Book Day
September 8 – International Literacy Day
October – National Principals Month (NASSP/NAESP)
October 1 – Child Health Day
October TBD – Read for the Record Day
November – Family Engagement Month (Sponsored by DOE)
November – Picture Book Month
November 1 – Family Literacy Day
November 8 – Parents as Teachers Day
November 12-16 – American Education Week
November 15 – National Parental Involvement Day