Part of a nationwide movement, the Heart of Indiana Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a communitywide effort to help children from birth through 3rd grade, especially those from asset-limited families, succeed in life by focusing on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
The campaign is based on the belief that schools cannot succeed alone. Engaged communities collaborate to remove barriers, expand opportunities, and serve as full partners with families to ensure student success. Grade level reading depends on the following factors:
Children meet developmental benchmarks and are ready for kindergarten
Children attend school persistently
Children retain and continue learning over the summer
Children are healthy
Parents and caregivers are supported and successful in their role as first teacher, tutor, advocate, and coach.
The Campaign for Grade Level Reading partnership focuses on A MORE SEAMLESS, OUTCOMES-ACCOUNTABLE SYSTEM of care, services, and family supports for children from birth through third grade — one that is less fragmented, more aligned, and operates along a continuum. To accomplish this, partners are focused on providing services that achieve the following outcomes:
School Readiness — Children are ready for school and developmentally on track, or fewer children are entering kindergarten with undetected, undiagnosed, and untreated conditions or delays that can impede learning.
School Attendance — Children are attending school regularly or fewer children are chronically absent because of manageable health challenges such as asthma and preventable ones such as tooth decay.
Summer Learning— Children are maintaining or increasing their reading levels over the summer.
Grade Level Reading — Children are reading at or above grade level at the end of first, second, and third grade.
Family Support and Engagement – Families have the support needed to help their children read on grade level and achieve academic and life-long success.
These services are integrated and delivered to children and families in a bundled fashion to provide a multi-faceted approach to grade level reading success. Different from collaboration that many non-profits expertly navigate, integration in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading model also influences how services are organized in an organization’s overall operations. Integration is purposely built into program design, staff communication plans, data collection and service delivery so children and families can benefit from multiple, reinforcing services and systems that contribute to their overall academic success.
Applicants should expect and be open to changing their current client flow and service model, both at entry into the Campaign for Grade Level Reading and over time to meet the needs of families and in response to outcome data. Campaign for Grade Level Reading Partners should also have accessible hours (such as evenings or Saturdays) in order to accommodate the schedules of working people.
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