July 2012 - PRESENT
National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Strengthening the Impact
Why does The Patterson Foundation support the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading?
What is The Patterson Foundation’s role in the nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading?
Why is early childhood literacy very important?
The statistics are troubling: 67 percent of children nationwide and more than 80 percent of those from asset-limited families are not proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Research shows that when children — especially those from asset-limited families — fail to read on grade level by the end of third grade they are more likely to drop out of high school and face an array of long-term negative consequences.
This problem will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap and reduce high school dropout rates.
How are communities across the country working on this issue?
- School Readiness/Early Learning
- Summer Learning
- Family Engagement
- Health Determinants
How does the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading benefit communities?
How is this nationwide movement working in The Patterson Foundation’s home region?
What is The Patterson Foundation’s role in the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading?
Rather than funding programs, The Patterson Foundation is focused on investing in a regional approach that supports the community-wide vision of success in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
The Patterson Foundation's resources support the local coalitions through:
- Planning assistance
- Sharing national research and best practices with local coalitions
- State and national funding
- Expert knowledge sharing by bringing in speakers
- Fostering community connectivity as Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties in Florida seek ways to learn and share together
- Communications resources to amplify the work