Our Work

2019 Update

At United Way, we are committed to creating a community where children and families have every opportunity to succeed. One way we do this is through the Campaign for Grade Level-Reading (CGLR).

Nationally the CGLR is a partnership between schools, municipalities, businesses, and community organizations to rally 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.

Our United Way and the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth play a leadership role in grade level reading campaigns in Hartford and New Britain.

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.

On this page you will find resources to help the youth in your lives succeed, which will be updated regularly.

Take Action:

Together, we all can play a role in helping children learn how to read. Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help:

  • Talk to children! Learning starts at birth, and talking, reading and singing with children can help them develop early literacy skills. Click here to learn more.
  • Spread the word about the importance of school attendance.
  • Complete your child’s summer reading log sheet and check in with your local library.
  • Make sure your child is up-to-date on immunizations and keep a copy for your records.
  • Attend a back to school event.
  • Visit your school; attend any open houses or orientations to meet your child’s teachers.
  • Learn about your school attendance policy and dress code.
  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine for your child.
  • Register your child for after-school programs and sports.
  • Read to/with your child for at least 20 minutes every day.

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Attendance Matters. Kids can’t learn when they are not in school, below are ways that you can take action in your community to ensure that we keep kids learning all year-round:

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A special thanks to The Fund for Greater Hartford for their investment that supports the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s communications plan!