The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading named Boulder Housing Partners and 39 public housing agencies (PHAs) to its 2015-2016 Honor Roll for exemplary work to boost children’s literacy.
More than one million children from birth to age 8 are living in public housing in the United States. Research shows that 80 percent of children from low-income families enter kindergarten so far behind that they do not catch up and are unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade, a key predictor of high school graduation.
“Housing is a critical platform and portal for early learning and early school success,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “We applaud and celebrate each of these public housing agencies for taking up the challenge to increase reading proficiency, improve the overall academic achievement and ultimately improve the life trajectories of children in low-income families. Their commitment to maintain, strengthen and scale existing literacy programs and partnerships demonstrates that the momentum for this work will continue to build.”
The PHAs named to the GLR Campaign’s 2015-2016 Honor Roll are recognized for their leadership in one or more of the following areas:
Boulder Housing Partners was honored to be named in two areas:
Boulder Housing Partners
Betsey Martens, Executive Director
- Pacesetter (HUD/GLR MOU), Leadership
- Cohort (Book-Rich Environments)
About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Launched in May 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that many more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. Since its launch, the GLR Campaign has grown to include more than 285 communities, representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with 2,300 local organizations (including 130 United Ways and 250 state and local funders). To learn more, visit gradelevelreading.net and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.
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