HARTFORD NAMED A NATIONAL PACESETTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION WORK
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2016 — Hartford is one of 38 communities in the country recognized as a 2016 Pacesetter by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for “leading by example” to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early literacy—school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.
The Hartford Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was recognized for making measureable progress on summer learning initiatives and overall efforts to ensure students read on or above grade-level by the end of third grade. Hartford’s campaign is part of a nationwide network of more than 240 campaigns in 42 states dedicated to narrowing the achievement gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers.
“Reading at grade-level is a critical link to future success. Being prepared for Kindergarten, attending school, and having positive summer learning experiences are all things we can do something about if we work together. We’re proud to be a member of this campaign and invite others to join this community effort,” said Paula S. Gilberto, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, a founding member of Hartford’s Campaign.
The Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading presents to communities and the organizations within those communities joining forces and working to uplift children and families.
“Through the collective efforts of all our partners, we were able to stress the importance of summer learning to everyone in the community by raising awareness of the consequences of summer learning loss,” said Tauheedah Jackson, director of the Hartford Partnership for Student Success, a partner in Hartford’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Members of the Hartford collaborative supporting the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading include Achieve Hartford!; City of Hartford; Hartford Foundation of Public Giving; Hartford Partnership for Student Success; Hartford Public Library; Hartford Public Schools; Mega Education, LLC; and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.