Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetters & Bright Spots Honors

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The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) announced that Indian River County’s “Moonshot Moment Literacy Movement” was selected as one of the select Pacesetter communities across the United States that exemplify extraordinary vision and best practices for their work during 2019. The focus of the campaign is on six community solutions impact areas: School Readiness, School Attendance/Chronic Absence, Summer and Afterschool, Healthy Development, Parent Success and Grade-Level Proficiency.

Additionally, Moonshot Moment (Indian River County) was recognized as a Bright Spot and honored for work in the community solutions impact areas of Summer and Afterschool programs.

CGLR is a national collaborative effort by funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. The campaign focuses on promoting early school success as an important building block of more hopeful futures for children in economically challenged families and communities.

Based on the GLR Campaign’s peer-review process involving nearly 400 individuals from across the network, Indian River County was one of 16 Pacesetter finalists honored for having made significant observable progress in one or more areas of impact.

The areas of impact were for “Mobilizing for Success” and “Deploying Innovative Strategies and Tools” for Big Tent Collaboration, Aligning What We Know (Science) With What We Do (Practice), and Strengthening Pre-K to K–12 (early years to early grades) Transitions.

Indian River County’s Moonshot Moment Literacy Movement campaign has been recognized as a national Pacesetter for seven years. This year the county was recognized for its work in the areas of School Readiness, Parent Success, Healthy Development, and Grade-Level Proficiency, the only community honored in four categories.

The Moonshot Moment campaign is supported by a county-wide Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN), led by The Learning Alliance, working together for collective impact to transform lives through literacy.

In 2010, The Learning Alliance launched the Moonshot Moment quest to ensure that at least 90 % of children would be reading proficiently by the end of third grade. While only 36 % of our nation’s third graders are reading on grade-level today, 60 % of third-graders in Indian River County are reading on grade level.

By rallying the community behind the belief that literacy starts at birth and providing parents and children with the tools and support they need throughout the child’s developmental years; we work together to provide summer and afterschool education programming to children in grades kindergarten through third grade to improve their reading skills.

For more information about The Learning Alliance, please visit http://www.thelearningalliance.org or call 877-548-READ (7323.)

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