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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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

News Items:

Every Day Matters. Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow.

Everybody plays a role in ensuring our children attend school regularly. Here are a few recommendations parents and families, school officials and community-based organizations can use to rally their communities to take action on attendance.
Help Send the Message: Every Day Matters. Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

  1. Good attendance contributes to students doing well in school and eventually in the workplace.
  2. Students are at risk academically if they are chronically absent (missing just two days a month or 10 percent of the school year).
  3. Prevent absences whenever possible.

Strive for Less Than Five Days Absent This School Year:

  • Make sure your child is up to date on immunizations and keep a copy of your records.
  • 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 bedtime and morning routine for your child.
  • Register your child for after-school programs and sports. Students who have fun activities to look forward to are more likely to be excited to attend school every day.
  • Read to/with your child for at least 20 minutes every day.
  • Sign up younger children for preschool.

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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!