Mobilizing Community Action
Since 2015, the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has led the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in North Carolina. The Campaign is a mobilizing communities to ensure that more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. It is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, and government agencies. Across the country there are more than more than 360 communities, including 3,900 local organizations and 450+ state and local funders who have joined the effort.
More communities are mobilized for action.
- Since becoming the state lead for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in May 2015, we increased the number of communities from three to 14. Communities give our support high marks.
- 100% of NC Campaign Annual Meeting participants in 2016 and 2017 said the days were “well worth their time.”
- We supported Book Harvest in creating a Parent Action Team (PAT) to deepen engagement with parents of the children they serve. The PAT helped develop materials and recommended outreach opportunities for Durham parents to support their children’s summer learning. We created materials in English and Spanish.
- The Department of Public Instruction featured six NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading communities on their website in 2017.
- Our First 2000 Days initiative was awarded 2017 Best Awareness Campaign by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
We provide adaptable tools for communities to promote understanding of birth-to-eight child development and the importance of grade-level reading.
We build capacity of communities to form strong and long-lasting collaborations to achieve measurable outcomes.
We lead a learning community to share best practices, data and resources; provide technical assistance and support; and create opportunities to increase the scope and pace of change.
Community groups in Orange County become part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Six Campaign communities are featured on the NC Department of Public Instruction website for their work to ensure more children are ready for school, continue to learn over the summer and regularly attend school.
Organizations in Johnston County file letters of intent to join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Chatham, Durham and Rowan communities become part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
NCECF receives national award for Best Awareness Campaign at the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading conference.
Read Charlotte and WAKE Up and Read! are honored as Pacesetters by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
WAKE Up and Read! is a finalist for a 2017 All-America City Award given by the National Civic League.
Organizations in Nash/Edgecombe and Wayne counties join the Campaign.
Organizations in Gaston County become part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Community organizations in Durham, Guilford, Nash/Edgecombe, Orange, Richmond, Rowan and Wayne counties filed letters of intent to join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
NCECF hosts a preconference on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at the national Smart Start conference with follow-up webinars for communities interested in joining.
Southern Pines Grows Great Readers, now known as Grow Moore Readers, is honored as a Pacesetter by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for making measurable progress on eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming proficient readers.
Organizations in Chatham and Gaston counties file letters of intent to join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
NCECF is appointed state lead in North Carolina for the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. There are three communities already participating in the Campaign in Mecklenburg, Moore and Wake counties.
- Chatham Reads
- Durham’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
- Early Literacy Coalition – Pitt County
- Gaston County Early Literacy Collaborative
- Growing Moore Readers
- Johnston County
- Orange County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
- Read Wayne
- Read Charlotte
- Ready for School, Ready for Life – Guilford County
- Ready, Set Read ROWAN!
- Richmond County Early Literacy Committee
- Twin Counties Read to Rise
- WAKE Up and Read!
Choosing the Most Promising Early Literacy Interventions (Webinar)
Reducing Chronic Absence: Framing the Discussion
More than 40 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading community leaders and Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Regular School Attendance Design Team members met to discuss how to tackle chronic absence in NC. The strategy discussion featured Hedy Chang, executive director of Attendance Works. Attendance Works is a national organization that provides expertise, research and technical assistance on reducing chronic absence. This is the presentation that she shared.
Key Concepts to Inform Grade-Level Reading Policy
What Works for Third Grade Reading: Summer Learning
This brief considers why Summer Learning matters for third grade reading proficiency, outlines its connection with other factors that impact early literacy, and highlights options that have been shown to move the needle on summer learning outcomes. It is one of 12 working papers that offer research-based policy, practice and program options to states and communities working to improve third grade reading proficiency.