In 2012, Virginia Beach and over 100 other communities around the United States joined the national
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Network. Today, more than 150 cities, counties, and towns belong to the network. By focusing on school readiness, reducing chronic absence, and preventing summer learning loss, local campaigns are dedicated to improving the reading proficiency of young children by third grade. This benchmark is the single best predictor of on-time high school graduation.
Membership in the national network connects Virginia Beach with other community coalitions, enabling us to exchange ideas, share resources, and collaboratively tackle tough problems. The Campaign also offers its member communities technical assistance to implement actions plans, as well as exclusive access to partnership and funding opportunities.
“Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters”
A KIDS COUNT Special Report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Reading proficiency by third grade is the single best predictor of on-time high school graduation. A child who does not read proficiently by the end of third grade is four times more likely than a skilled reader to drop out of school without earning a diploma. The Annie E. Casey Foundation published a KIDS COUNT Special Report detailing the problem and what can be done to solve it. Read an executive summary or the full report on
the Foundation’s website.
Virginia Beach READS is the name of our city coalition focused on moving the needle on third grade reading. Our coalition is led by Virginia Beach GrowSmart and includes representatives from: the Virginia Beach City Public Schools; the Virginia Beach Public Library, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Office of Volunteer Resources; the non-profit organization Square One; and United Way South Hampton Roads. Virginia Beach READS has also recently partnered with Barnes & Noble Booksellers and received a generous grant from the Future Leadership Partners of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.
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GrowSmart’s mission is to promote and improve the
healthy development, school readiness, and reading
proficiency of young children, ages 0-8, in Virginia
This site was designed to provide information and resources for Virginia Beach parents, caregivers,and teachers of young children, ages 0-8.
The site is also intended for our community stakeholders who wish to find out more about the City of Virginia Beach’s early learning efforts and how you can get involved.
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