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Live United

Our goal

Children are reading on grade level by the 4th grade, a critical time when children transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”

Current reality

30% of children from families with low income pass their 3rd grade reading STAAR test

“Learning to Read” to “Reading to Learn”

Fourth grade marks a pivotal time in children’s development when they transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” If a student is not reading at grade level, they can fall behind, and are four times less likely to graduate high school than their peers.

Currently in our community, only three in 10 children from families with low income are reading on grade level by the fourth grade — compared to six in 10 children from families with moderate to high income.

By increasing access to quality out-of-school learning opportunities, culturally relevant books, and building a community culture of reading, we can move the needle on grade-level reading rates in our community and create greater opportunity for local children and families.

Meet the Greater Austin Reading Coalition

Founded in 2021, the Greater Austin Reading Coalition is a diverse coalition of nonprofit and community leaders, librarians, teachers, and parents working toward a shared vision of supporting children, grades K-3, to ensure they are reading on grade level by the fourth grade — a pivotal point in a child’s reading development.

The Greater Austin Reading Coalition is convened by United Way for Greater Austin as part of our collective impact work to fight poverty.

See our community investments

$70,000
invested in local, community-based organizations to support their programs and services that are improving early grade reading outcomes for local children.

A “Rawr-some” Literacy Night with the Greater Austin Reading Coalition

A “Rawr-some” Literacy Night with the Greater Austin Reading Coalition

On April 28, more than 200 children and families gathered for the Greater Austin Reading Coalition’s first-ever Family Literacy Night at Sanchez Elementary School with coalition member Communities in Schools. Hosting family literacy nights and dist...

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10 age-appropriate books for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (and every month!)

10 age-appropriate books for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (and every month!)

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month, the Greater Austin Reading Coalition and Success By Six Coalition are excited to share 10 age-appropriate, children's books that reflect the rich diversity of AAPI culture. These ...

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10 age-appropriate books for Black History Month (and every month!)

10 age-appropriate books for Black History Month (and every month!)

Did you know that having at least 20 age-appropriate books in the home can improve a child’s educational success? The Greater Austin Reading Coalition and Success By Six Coalition – convened by United Way for Greater Austin – work to make sure ...

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To learn more, please contact:

Michelle Hutson-Crawford
Director of K-12 Education
Michelle.Hutson-Crawford@uwatx.org

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