Only 70% of Sarasota County’s third graders are reading at grade-level.
Reading proficiency by third grade is a crucial predictor of high school graduation and career success; yet, only 70% of Sarasota County’s third graders are reading at grade level – most of whom come from vulnerable families. At Sarasota’s twelve Title 1 elementary schools, only 50% of third grade students are reading on grade level. While these statistics expose pressing issues impacting our community, these challenges, if left unaddressed, impede progress being made towards breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, reducing the achievement gap between students, and reducing high school dropout rates across our communities.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading arose as a call to action to reverse these trends and mobilize communities at the federal, state, and local levels to expand opportunities and remove barriers that impact a child’s ability to realize their full potential. The Campaign recognizes that effective collaboration among individuals, nonprofits, government agencies, and local foundations is critical for achieving and sustaining gains in grade-level reading proficiency.
Effective collaboration is critical for achieving and sustaining gains in grade-level reading proficiency.
In 2014, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County prepared the Community Solutions Action Plan for Sarasota and was accepted into the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Our work incorporates a two-generation approach, working with both children and parents living with low-incomes simultaneously to ensure families have the necessary support and encouragement to be successful. We focus on the attendance zones for four Title 1 schools with students who have the most opportunity to improve their reading success —Alta Vista Elementary School, Emma E. Booker Elementary School, Gocio Elementary School, and Tuttle Elementary School — with a concentrated effort to combat summer learning loss and improve school readiness.
Discover how Summer Learning Academies help not only prevent summer learning loss, but also close the achievement gap.
The Community Foundation is grateful to partner with numerous nonprofit organizations who are dedicated to supporting the success of children and families in our community. These nonprofit partners include:
In April 2015, a collection of local foundations, nonprofit partners, and government agencies throughout Sarasota and Manatee County came together to form a shared regional vision, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
As one of more than 390 campaigns nationwide, our region’s four-county effort strives to change the trajectory for our region’s most vulnerable families through five solution areas proven to ensure early childhood success:
- School Readiness
- Summer Learning
- Family Engagement
- Health Determinants
Learn more about the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
August 6, 2020
Great Futures Academy: Restoring a Sense of Safety through Education
August 1, 2020
Celebrating Students with a Virtual Toss of the Cap
July 29, 2020
The Changing Landscape of Education: Adapting and Innovating During a Crisis
July 23, 2020
Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Celebrated as National Pacesetter for Sixth Consecutive Year
July 22, 2020
Women's Resource Center | Project UpLift, 2Gen Program
July 14, 2020
Sarasota police take part in Books and Badges literacy event
July 10, 2020
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Community Foundation of Sarasota County come together to help youth avoid the “COVID slide”
July 7, 2020
2020 Great Futures Academy Summer Program
July 2, 2020
The Florida Center Receives $100,000 in Grants to Help Vulnerable Families
Our four-county region has been recognized locally and nationally for its collective achievements in summer learning, mental health, and parent education. Notable milestones include:
|Community Foundation of Sarasota County was named a Pacesetter Community|
|Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was honored with an All-America Cities Award and three Communications Expo Awards|
In 2019, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has received multiple Pacesetter Honors and was one of only 21 communities recognized for its work in the areas of "Mobilizing Success" and "Deploying Innovative Strategies and Tools."
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Fund
To advance the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiative with an emphasis on the four county region of Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.