The Patterson Foundation’s Funding for Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Surpasses $1 Million

The Patterson Foundation recently contributed $250,000 to strengthen the efforts of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The GLR Campaign is a national movement to increase reading proficiency among children in low-income families. Since 2013, The Patterson Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to support the Campaign’s early literacy efforts, providing strategy and capacity-building support as an enterprise funder.

This latest contribution from The Patterson Foundation will benefit the national network of communities moving the needle to ensure all children become proficient readers by the end of third grade, which is an indicator of long-term academic and life success. The Campaign includes more than 300 communities, representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

“The Patterson Foundation values the strength of being part of the nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading movement, where proven practices are shared with more than 300 communities to prepare children for kindergarten, reduce chronic absenteeism and boost summer learning,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “By supporting the enterprise hub, communities throughout the nation can learn and share from the best and from each other. Currently, 80 percent of children from low-income homes are unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade. The GLR Campaign is dedicated to narrowing this achievement gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers, and it’s going to take support from a network of committed funders to help make that happen.”

By 2020, the GLR Campaign aims to increase by at least 100 percent the number of children from low-income families reading proficiently at the end of third grade in a dozen or more states. To do this, the GLR Campaign focuses on three key solution areas: increasing school readiness, improving attendance and ensuring access to quality summer learning opportunities for children from low-income families. It also emphasizes strategies to help parents serve as their children’s first teachers while connecting families with health resources to help children stay on track in their physical, cognitive and verbal development.

“Over the past several years, The Patterson…

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