Weekly Round-Up, June 17, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, June 17, 2014

Dear Colleague,

Summer Learning Day is this Friday!

At least 80 Campaign communities have already pledged or shared their plans on the National Summer Learning Association website, and there’s still time to join them before June 20! A few examples of Summer Learning Day plans:

  • Hawaii will ask the Governor’s Office on Early Learning to include information about summer learning in their e-newsletter.
  • Organizations in Gulfport, MS will be collecting new or used books for children age 3 to 5 to support a local summer learning program.
  • In Tampa, FL, children will participate in baseball-inspired learning activities, building their own Back To School kit with school supplies as they run each base.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, in partnership with Project Lift and First Book, will host a morning of learning at three schools in Charlotte, NC.
  • The Syracuse City School District is kicking off its summer program with a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog from the eponymous book series, a book distribution and a 10-book reading challenge.

Finally, you can catch up on what happened at the June 10th event “Anytime, Anywhere Summer Learning: Connecting Young Children and Their Families to Early Literacy Options,” cohosted by New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Experts discussed the overlap of early childhood education, summer learning loss and the role technology can play in both.

Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:

  • Last week, Strategies for Children, which serves the Network as the Massachusetts state lead, was named the winner of the 2014 Excellence in Advocacy award by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. The award was “...in recognition of a significant and lasting contribution to the nonprofit sector in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! Read more.
  • And here’s great news for communities working with United Way: United Way recently announced that UPS and its employees are donating more than $5 million to support grade-level reading work being done by United Ways across the country. The investment will benefit United Ways in nearly 100 communities that are currently working closely with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to promote early reading skills. Read more.
  • The next Network Communities Support Center Monthly Webinar will be held on Thursday, July 10 at 3 p.m. ET. Register here. (Note that this in alteration from the first Thursday of the month in deference to the July 4th holiday.) Each monthly webinar has three components: 1) a highlighted tool or resource, 2) a featured event and 3) an opportunity for peer sharing and learning. In June we did a Round Robin with six different communities sharing their Summer Learning Day plans. Due to your positive feedback, another Round Robin on a different topic is coming in July.
  • For funders wondering how to help prevent kids and teens from losing ground in the summer, this blog post from the High Impact Philanthropy Blog discusses tools and collaborations that will help you work within your community to stop summer learning loss.
  • Schools, libraries and community programs can still submit applications for a three-year, $175,000 Toyota Family Learning grant to fund family learning programs that feature service learning and family mentoring. Five selected organizations will also receive a wide range of NCFL training, communication and technical support, learning items and materials. The deadline for brief submissions is June 23, 2014. Apply here.
  • The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking nominations for the first ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. $10,000 will go to an exemplary afterschool program that is providing literacy support and guidance to middle schoolers. Nominations must be received by August 15, 2014. Apply here.
  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced a new $500 million funding opportunity to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. This includes creation of Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and expansion of Early Head Start services. The deadline is August 20, 2014. Apply here.
  • The Office Depot Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations, government agencies, libraries, and schools that bring systemic change to communities across the United States, is providing grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories: 1) Giving Children Tools for Success, 2) Building Capacity to Serve Communities and 3) Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding. Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2014. Read more and apply.


Almost all links in this message go to items posted on the Ning, a password-protected site for members of the Grade-Level Reading Network. If you are not yet a member, you may request access to the Ning by clicking here.