Our shared goal is to increase the likelihood of all Sarasota County children achieving reading proficiency by third grade.

As the Sarasota lead of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County empowers our community partners through:

  • Intentionally collaboration
  • Solutions-driven convenings
  • Meaningful connections with people and resources for greater results and impact

Initiative Partners

The following organizations are currently engaged in Grade-Level Reading programs on behalf of the Community Foundation:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties

The Great Futures Academy: summer learning for students who attend Title 1 elementary schools in Sarasota County.

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Girls Inc. of Sarasota County

Summer learning with a focus on literacy for students who attend Title1 elementary schools in Sarasota County.

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The Florida Center for Early Childhood

Mental health therapists for Tuttle, Gocio, Alta Vista, and Emme E. Booker Elementary schools. 

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Embracing Our Differences

Books for Reading Across America Day for elementary schools throughout Sarasota County and books for the accompanying Parent Engagement event.

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Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

Preparing our youngest learners for school.

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Inner Explorer

Mindfulness programs in early learning centers to increase school readiness.

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Literacy Council of Sarasota

Virtual ESOL classes for the parents of students who attend Tuttle and Gocio elementary schools.

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Marie Selby Botancial Gardens

Family Togetherness events for families of students in Title 1 elementary schools.

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Parenting Matters

Home visitation services for parents of preschool age children to help support school readiness.

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Safe Children's Coalition

Home based parenting education for households with preschool children to support school readiness.

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Sarasota County Schools

Summer Learning Academies in all Titles 1 schools in Sarasota County.

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Sarasota Housing Authority

The After-School academic support program for underserved students and the Pathways to a Better Life program that empowers parents.

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Suncoast Technical College

C.N.A., GED, and ESOL courses at Alta Vista’s satellite campus to parents of students in Tuttle, Gocio, Emma E. Booker, and Alta Vista elementary schools. 

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SOAR Learning Center

Technology enhanced summer learning for underserved students.

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UnidosNow

Parent Leadership classes to parents of students in our four target Title 1 elementary schools in Sarasota County.

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Van Wezel Foundation

The school readiness arts-based program “Artworks Anywhere."

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Visible Men Academy

A pilot for our Strauss Literacy Initiative.

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Women's Resource Center

Support for parents of students who attend Tuttle, Gocio, Emma E. Booker, and Alta Vista elementary schools.

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Collaborative Partners

The following organizations not only provide their knowledge and expertise to support our Grade-Level Reading work but also provide valuable services and programs to our community:

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Partners

We proudly collaborate with these regional partners to accelerate the progress and impact of the  Grade-Level Reading Campaign.

Get Involved

Nicole Light

Education Officer

941-556-7102

nlight@cfsarasota.org