About the Council
Grade Level Reading Network
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 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation 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 is by 2020, a dozen or more states will 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.
Local Florida campaigns are established in Delray Beach, Gainesville, Hillsborough County, Indian River County, Jacksonville, Manatee County, Martin County, Miami-Dade County, Orlando, Palm Beach County and Sarasota County; and under development in Brevard County, Broward County, Pinellas County, St. Lucie County and Tallahassee. Through the collective impact of the national campaign, local campaigns, business leaders, and funders, our statewide movement will help promote school readiness, combat chronic absenteeism, improve summer learning and engage parents as their children’s first teachers.
Through generous funding (2015-2017) provided by the Helios Education Foundation, the Florida GLR Campaign is now focusing on creating infrastructure to sustain GLR efforts statewide by developing four networks anchored in the tenants 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 Childhood 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; and
4) Funders Collaborative—convening key funders that are committed to improving child/family outcomes and education, both community and state efforts will be advanced by having an organized collaborative of private funders.
By anchoring this work in the Grade Level Reading framework, we will organize existing efforts and expand the work to improve coordination and alignment of work and make significant progress on grade level reading outcomes for children. Although each Florida GLR community is as unique as the community it serves, the shared vision for all Florida’s children to read proficiently by third grade is the priority for all. Please join us in our collective effort to bring attention to the importance of grade level reading!