Who We Are
The Baltimore City Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLR) is a Coalition of nearly 90 public agencies, funders, non-profit organizations, community leaders, and other key stakeholders that aims to ensure all Baltimore City public school students are reading well by the end of 3rd grade. All partners who reach Baltimore City families from birth to grade 3 represent a piece of the overall system and play a role in executing the GLR strategy. To move the needle on 3rd grade reading, GLR builds on established practices and the reach, relationships, and experience of its coalition partners. Some of GLR’s key strategies include expanding access to research-based tutoring, increasing enrollment in City Schools Pre-K and a city-wide initiative to encourage daily reading over the summer.
Grade Level Reading’s strategy takes a life-course approach, which means that it considers the constellation of factors that influence 3rd grade reading proficiency from the prenatal period to 3rd grade, and recognizes the interrelation between health and learning, the complexity of improving reading proficiency in Baltimore and the cumulative nature of skill development. It also enables GLR to identify the stakeholders and organizations already working on issues related to reading proficiency in order to build upon their efforts.
We will make our collective impact through:
- Expanding what works to enhance local services
- Testing new approaches with the potential for population impact
- Strengthening system and policy to sustain the work
How We’ll Get It Done: The Work Groups
In order to achieve our goals and overall vision, the work of Grade Level Reading is run by four work groups:
- School Readiness: Led by the Family Literacy Coalition under the Health Department’s B’more For Healthy Babies program, the GLR school readiness work group includes service providers from 0-5 years, including representation from home visiting, childcare, Head Start, and pre-k programs and focuses on a seamless family literacy strategy from pregnancy to kindergarten.
- School: Led by Baltimore City Public Schools, the GLR school work group is focused on classroom interventions. This work group includes various departments of City Schools, as well as community partners.
- Extended Learning Opportunities: The third work group of the Campaign focuses on extended learning, including summer programs and after-school activities. Led by the Family League of Baltimore and the Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST), this work group includes out-of-school time providers and City Schools.
- Attendance: Led by the Attendance Collaborative under the Family League of Baltimore, this group focuses on decreasing chronic absenteeism so all children are at school every day, on time and ready to learn. This work group includes various departments of City Schools and community partners.
- Communication and Engagement: The final work group includes various communications professionals. This group is focused on the branding of the Campaign, identification of key stakeholder groups and developing common messages around the importance of reading and the resources available to make progress towards reading proficiency.