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Arkansas Grade Level Reading Campaign

Link to this post 07 Aug 13

The Arkansas Grade Level Reading Campaign is sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. The State's Goal is that by 2020, all Arkansas children will read proficiently at grade level by the end of the third grade.

We believe that schools must be accountable for helping all children achieve. Research in recent years has begun to clarify what contributes to our children's success in achieving reading proficiency. According to the research there are four key impact areas:

  • School Readiness

  • Chronic Absence

  • Summer Learning Loss

  • Parent and Community Engagement

We will need the support and involvement of all citizens, community leaders, state and local partners, and our policymakers - to accomplish this goal.

These are just a few suggestions on how to increase reading proficiency in your program.

  1. Read to children daily.

  2. Take them to the library.

  3. Encourage reading in the home.

  4. Invite Parents and Grandparents in to read to the children.

  5. Encourage children to participate in a summer reading book contest.

  6. Participate in the Imagination Library.

For more information about how you can get involved, please go to the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading website at:


To support the Grade Level Reading Campaign, the Head Start State Collaboration Office has engaged Early Head Start/Head Start programs all across the state by participating in:

  • Reading is Electric Read-A-Thon-All programs are encouraged to read to children daily for a five to eight week period to showcase the importance of books in the classroom. Early Head Start/Head Start programs submit their Read-A-Thon log sheets weekly to show the number of books read to children. This event may take a different turn each year to focus on family engagement, fatherhood, and other activities. Programs will be recognized for the number of books read per center each year.

  • Please check out this video: "Reading is Electric" developed by Jackie Govan, Director of the Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office, in support of the Arkansas Grade Level Reading Campaign. Special thanks to Eric Hickson, Video Editor, and Jamie Newton, Co-Editor and Buzz, from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.

  • Reading is Electric books will be disseminated to EHS, HS, and HIPPY children from all across the state in order to demonstrate the importance of reading.