Getting our students off to a great start!
United WE READ is a campaign dedicated to providing the tools and resources for young children to read at grade-level by the start of fourth grade brought to you by United Way and its partners.
We know that reading is an essential tool for success in school, work and life. And, research tells us that reading proficiently by the start of fourth grade an important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet only 40 percent of fourth graders in Connecticut are meeting this crucial milestone. Moreover, struggling readers are disproportionately Black or Hispanic and/or from low-income households, and score on average 35 points below White or higher-income peers on standardized reading tests – the largest gap in the nation.
United WE READ has partnered with our school systems, municipalities and local and national initiatives to ensure our children are learning to read, and then reading to learn!
United WE READ Resources, Tools & Strategies
Campaign for Grade Level Reading (CGLR)
At United Way, we mobilize people and resources so that children succeed academically and families are financially secure.One way we do this is through the Campaign for grade-Level Reading (CGLR).
Nationally, the CGLR partnership between schools, municipalities, businesses and community organizations rallies behind a coordinated effort to ensure all youth are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade, a critical milestone and predictor of on-time high school graduation.
Launched in 2012, our core strategies include promoting early learning and school readiness, consistent school attendance and preventing summer learning loss. We also support efforts to build literacy skills both in and out of school.