The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced June 6 that it will recognize Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County with Pacesetter Honors for its work in the Healthy Beginnings System of Care. This is CSC’s second Pacesetter honor in five years.
“Recognizing Pacesetters is our way of applauding and thanking the civic leaders, organizations and agencies that have joined forces to build brighter futures for children in their communities,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “Mobilized communities — like these Pacesetters — are essential to closing the achievement gap.”
Children’s Services Council CEO Dr. Lisa Williams-Taylor said, “CSC provides access to quality early care and education so children are ready for school, and quality afterschool and summer programs so children are safe, reading on grade level, and avoid summer learning loss.”
The Healthy Beginnings System works, she said, because of the emphasis on pregnant moms and children in the early years, when the programs and dollars have the most impact. The strong alignment and collaboration of governments and non-profits makes the system a success in healthy development, early identification of developmental or behavioral concerns, and school readiness.
In Palm Beach County, the local Grade-Level Reading campaign is supported by strong community partnerships including the School District, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, the GRL Campaign in the City of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County and Mandel public libraries, the Literacy Coalition and others.
Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical milestone toward high school graduation and career success because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth-graders (four-fifths of whom are from low-income families) are not reading proficiently. Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of high school and struggle throughout their lives.
About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
Children’s Services Council, a local special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014, provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. To learn more, please visit www.cscpbc.org or contact Shana Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-740-7000 ext. 2170.
About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Launched in 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 360 communities, representing 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada — with 4,100 local organizations and 510 state and local funders (including 191 United Ways). To learn more, visit gradelevelreading.net and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.