Literacy 2017-05-25T09:45:13+00:00


Reading proficiency by the 3rd grade is one of the most important predictors of high school graduation and career success, yet 80 percent of low income children nationally miss this crucial milestone. (View local data hereClick here to watch a case for why we must take shared action to improve literacy (and attendance).

Partners are engaged in the Literacy Collaborative Action Network (CAN), where they’re charged by their leaders & peers to take shared action, align individual action, and advocate for policy and practice change. United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is the convening partner, and Bridging Richmond is the data/continuous improvement partner. For 2016-17, CAN action teams are focused on: (1) Increasing access to & quality of books in the home; (2) Increase support/coaching/mentoring for teachers in high-poverty schools.

Also, building on the foundation laid by Richmond City Grade-Level Reading (GLR), partners are scaling the GLR Campaign to the region. In partnership with Smart Beginnings, as lead of the school readiness space, the Literacy and Attendance CANs will scope the work of the scaled GLR. Read more about the Richmond Regional Campaign for Grade-Level Reading here.

Check out the Literacy CAN documents here.

“United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg develops solutions to complex social problems by learning, leading, and uniting. We’re excited to be convening the Literacy Collaborative Action Network, and leading efforts to improve elementary literacy via the new Richmond Regional Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Systems level change requires consistent leadership and true partnership, and we know we can accomplish more when we are united. That’s why we’re so committed to working with Bridging Richmond and our partners; we believe it’s the best way to improve elementary literacy and reduce educational disparities for children in the Greater Richmond & Petersburg region.”
Mr. James Taylor, Bridging Richmond Leadership Council member; President & CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

2015-16 Reading SOL rates in United Way region (11 counties)

Contact Information

If you would like to get involved with improving literacy outcomes in our region, please contact Bekah Holbrook, convening partner at United Way: holbrookr@yourunitedway.org.

Network Partners

Partners from these districts are engaged in the Literacy Collaborative Action Network.