Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

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United Way of Charlotte County is proud to partner with Sarasota, DeSoto and Manatee counties in the regional effort to promote reading proficiency for children through the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Join our Crucible of Practice to learn more about WHY grade-level reading is important, WHAT different sectors in Charlotte County are doing to ensure our children and families are on track, and HOW you can join in! Click here to view the recording from the Crucible of Practice event. (Scroll to view the last 4 videos for Charlotte County)

Beth Duda, regional director of Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Angie Matthiessen, Executive Director of United Way of Charlotte County conversed with:

Join us on Zoom March 11, 2021

  • Teri Ashley
  • Geri Waksler
  • Kim Amontree
  • Cara Reynolds
  • Eva Worden
  • Sue Sorenson
  • Elizabeth Sides
  • Lynn Dorler
  • Carmel Kisiday
  • Melissa Nelson

Now more than ever, we must work together to ensure that all our students are reading on grade-level by third grade. COVID-19 had a profound impact on our students, and those impacts are still unfolding. In Ralph Smith's article on COVID-19 learning loss, he states, "The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has committed to a messaging and mobilization strategy to encourage and support communities in Florida and across the nation to slow and stop learning loss – and to jumpstart the recovery process." 

Click here to read the full article:  "Address the learning loss crisis"

Kindergarten Readiness Bags

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading created Kindergarten Readiness Bags to provide learning support for incoming kindergarteners in the months before school begins so that children can start school ready to learn. These free resources bags were distributed to Charlotte County students who registered for kindergarten as well as our VPK students.

Parents, caregivers, doctors, family members, preschool teachers, early-learning programs, and the broader community all play a role in closing the gap on school readiness and ensuring that all students arrive at school healthy and developmentally ready to actively participate and learn! Parents and caregivers can use the tools provided in these magical bags to help set their students up for success.

Parents and caregivers:  To learn how to best use the items in your bag, check out this video.

US Data Points

Communities that support the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading understand that an educated community means a stronger future for everyone. It means a community where more people are prepared for higher education, to enter the military or to enter civilian service. United Way of Charlotte County is convening local organizations, businesses, and people to focus on the following areas: 

  • School Readiness:  As early as 18 months, children can begin vocabulary development and other skills critical for school success.
  • School Attendance:  Attending school regularly is essential to skills students need to succeed.
  • Summer Learning:  Reading achievement in the summer will progress toward 3rd grade reading proficiency.
  • Parent Success:  Parents play the most powerful role in their children's lives.
  • Health Determinants:  Learning begins at birth and healthy development greatly impacts children's ability to learn.

Our efforts are strengthened with regional support from The Patterson Foundation.

Click here for more information on the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Are you a parent or caregiver looking to inspire a love of reading in your home?

Check out these resources:

Read-Aloud Game:  It Happened to Me

Read-Aloud Game:  Story in the Round

Read-Aloud Game:  A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Charlotte County Imagination Library - After registering, your child will receive a free book in the mail every month until his/her fifth birthday.

Vroom - Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®.

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist