CSC recognized as 'Pacesetter' by national Grade-Level Reading group

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced today that it is recognizing Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County with Pacesetter Honors for its work in 2019. 

“We applaud the leadership and commitment of time, talent, energy and imagination that have fueled progress in this Pacesetter community,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of CGLR. “Mobilized communities — like Palm Beach County and other Pacesetters — support our big bet on the problem-solving potential of proximity.”

Highlighted in the Pacesetter recognition are CSC’s establishment of the Strong Minds Network to increase the quality of early childhood care and education, support for the Palm Beach County Birth to 22 Alliance, development of the website and EveryParent apps, and strategic use of videos and data.

“Our Strong Minds Network provides information, learning opportunities, technical assistance and financial supports for both the child care staff and the child care programs,” said Lisa Williams-Taylor, CEO of Children’s Services Council. “A recent five-year evaluation shows that children attending sites in the Strong Minds Network are more likely to be ready for kindergarten than other children, and that’s just a part of the programs and services we provide.”

Other examples of CSC work may be found here by clicking here.

About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Council is a local, special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. If you have questions related to Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County and/or media inquiries, please contact Shana Cooper, Public Information Officer, by clicking here.

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, CGLR has grown to include more than 300 communities, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and two provinces in Canada. To learn more, visit and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.