If children are behind in reading by third grade, they generally stay behind.*
OUR GOAL: Increase early grade reading proficiency of youth in Adams County through the collective efforts of cross sector partners focused on eliminating barriers and investing in what works.
WHY EARLY GRADE READING? With the overarching goal of ensuring that our children and youth become productive, contributing members of the workforce, the Youth Initiative is focused on increasing student achievement and the safety and well-being of children and youth in our community. To support this effort, the Youth Initiative has identified critical points along the cradle to career pipeline which will impact that goal. Early grade reading is a critical milestone for young children.
Literacy, across the journey from cradle to career, is crucial to a young person’s academic success. Take for instance the following…
Data Source: “Cradle to Career Outcome Areas.” StriveTogether.
HOW? The Collaborative Action Network (CAN) that focuses on increasing proficiency in early grade reading, functions as a collective impact mechanism that brings practitioners and partner organizations together to provide cross-sector coordination of efforts in areas that impact early grade reading proficiency.
COMMITMENT It is our intent that CAN members have a sense of shared ownership over improvement in the Cradle to Career Outcome area that they have aligned to and eventually will be tasked to set targets for The Partnership in moving the needle in early grade reading proficiency.
- Commit to attending and actively participating in monthly CAN Sessions
- Openly share information and best practices
- Agree to mutual accountability
- Agree to using data to inform work
- Implement CAN action steps as part of current work
- Adopt and adapt to practices identified by the continuous improvement practice
- Share ‘Stories of Impact’
WHO? Cross-sector practitioners and individuals who are interested in organizing and collaborating around early grade reading to increase the success of our youth are invited to join this group.
- Non Profit
- Law Enforcement
- Public Sector
- Faith Based
HOW TO GET INVOLVED? Contact us to learn more about joining the Youth Initiative Early Grade Reading Collaborative Action Network.