Ralph Smith wanted to share this post from the Harvard Family Research Project's New Directions in Family Engagement blog about collaboration and driving with data with and among community agencies. 

new blog post from Danielle Pulliam, program officer at The Pinkerton Foundation in New York City, describes partnerships for a community culture of reading anchored in the library system. The Pinkerton Foundation brings schools and community organizations together to collectively increase literacy for children from birth to fifth grade.

How can communities join together to ensure that all children are proficient readers by the time they enter third grade?

The Pinkerton Foundation believes that the answer to this question lies in the power of bringing schools and community organizations together to connect with children and families at different settings and stages in a child’s life, creating a pathway for family engagement as children develop. To put this idea into action, they began funding the Neighborhood Literacy Initiative–a collaborative of community partners with the collective goal of increasing literacy for children from birth to fifth grade and creating a community culture of reading. As part of this initiative, in 2014 The Foundation began funding programs in South Jamaica, Queens, and in 2015 added East New York, Brooklyn. Continue reading...

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