Read On Arizona Receives National Recognition for Early Literacy Work

Posted on: February 3, 2014

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recently recognized Read On Arizona for their efforts to mobilize civic, business and community leaders toward the goal of improving early reading.  Read On Arizona is among two states and 37 communities who have been named 2013 Pacesetters.

Started in 2013 by a group of six founding partners, Read On Arizona is a statewide public/private collaboration committed to developing an early literacy system that improves language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children from birth through age eight – delivering the right program at the right time to every child.  To accomplish this goal, Read On Arizona built a statewide early literacy collaborative involving education agencies, philanthropic organizations and community stakeholders at the local, county, regional and state levels to collectively raise awareness and coordinate early literacy services more effectively.

As a founding partner of Read On Arizona, Helios Education Foundation is proud of the work being done throughout the state to increase language and literacy skills for young children. 

“The Read On partnership is touching lives throughout Arizona by providing information and resources to help families ensure their children are on track to read at grade level by the end of third grade,” said Karen Ortiz, Helios Vice President and Program Director, Early Childhood Education.  “Third grade reading is an academic milestone that lays the foundation for success throughout the continuum.   Through the work being done by Read On Arizona, we are helping to ensure more children are on the pathway toward success”

Reading by third grade marks a milestone when children shift from learning to read and begin reading to learn. Students who haven't mastered reading by then often struggle academically and are at risk of dropping out of school.

“We are extremely grateful for the commitment of all of our collaborative partners and the dedication of the 12 Read On communities who make up Read On Arizona,” said Terri Clark, Arizona State Literacy Director.  “The collective efforts on creating an early literacy system in Arizona will reap benefits for children and families far into the future.”

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, who awarded this prestigious recognition, is a national movement to improve high school graduation rates by increasing the number of children from low-income families who hit the critical milestone of reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Category: Early Grade Success

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