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Our goal

Children in Greater Austin are reading on grade level by the 4th grade

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 moment in children’s development where 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.

The Greater Austin Reading Coalition: First year, big impact!

The Greater Austin Reading Coalition: First year, big impact!

Earlier this year, we announced our expansion beyond early childhood education and into the K-12 space, with an initial focus on bringing together a diverse coalition of literacy advocates to increase the number of children reading on grade level by ...

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Black Pearl Books and the Greater Austin Reading Coalition: Getting culturally-relevant books in the hands of young readers

Black Pearl Books and the Greater Austin Reading Coalition: Getting culturally-relevant books in the hands of young readers

The current reality in our community is that only three in 10 children from families with low income pass their 3rd grade reading STAAR test.  Here at United Way for Greater Austin, we believe that reading is a crucial, foundational skill. That...

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Greater Austin Reading Coalition hosts book fair for kids in Austin

Greater Austin Reading Coalition hosts book fair for kids in Austin

Last month, dozens of elementary school students in Austin lined up to receive books at the Greater Austin Reading Coalition’s second book fair, giving  local children access to diverse stories they can see themselves in. Thanks to a donation o...

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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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