It’s a big week for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as nearly 300 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss strategies and best practices to advance early literacy work. The Funder-to-Funder Huddle is one of the largest gatherings of local, state and national funders that support early literacy.

Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, an Enterprise Funder for the Campaign, and Beth Duda, the Foundation's Campaign director, were in attendance. They shared the success of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with national thought leaders and grade-level reading communities from across the nation.

Day one of the Funder-to-Funder Huddle featured thought-provoking presentations and discussions about early learning, parent engagement, and the Campaign’s success stories with a focus on its 2020 goals.  

Here are the highlights from day one:

Move the needle. Close the gap. These are the two main goals of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Increase the number of low-income children reading proficiently by the end of third grade, and sustain the momentum toward closing the reading proficiency gap. The exciting news is that 94 communities in 28 states have made progress on at least one of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading pillars - school readiness, attendance & summer learning. The Campaign believes that every child can succeed and reach his or her full potential. We must work together, push boundaries, and hold ourselves and each other accountable to move the needle fast enough and far enough to close the gap.

Engaged funders are best predictors of success. Ron Fairchild, senior consultant for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, said that the best predictor of success is the extent to which funders are fully engaged. In order to accomplish the goals of the Campaign, funders have to be at the center of change.

All parents matter. Parents are the keys to their children’s success. They are their children’s first teachers and brain builders. Parents need to and want to be involved in the solution. We must engage parents, talk to them and understand needs and values to really help children and move the needle.

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