The Casey Foundation’s education investments have been directed toward supporting high-quality options -- such as charters and small public schools -- for improving opportunities for children and families, particularly those of color living in tough neighborhoods.
Casey is now making 3rd grade reading achievement an increasingly important element of our place-based work, as well as a national imperative. We support the Grade-Level Reading Campaign, a collaborative effort by dozens of funders across the nation to: close the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers; raise the bar for reading proficiency so that all students are assessed by world-class standards; and ensure that all children, including and especially children from low-income families, have an equitable opportunity to meet those higher standards. Visit the Grade-Level Reading Campaign website.
Visit the Reading Matters section of the KIDS COUNT Data Center to download a copy of Casey’s 2010 report, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, learn more about this initiative, and find extensive data related to early reading indicators at the national and state level.