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    Free books to kids to support literacy efforts last year

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    Book Bus stops to give away books to kids last summer

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    Students & parents given Kindergarten Counts kits

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    Partner agencies working collectively on campaign

Early Readers Make Future Leaders

Children who struggle to read on grade level face significant and long-term consequences. If left unchecked, the gap widens, leading to school dropout and repeating the cycle of generational poverty. The Early Readers, Future Leaders: Pinellas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was created to reverse this trend, and is focused on five core factors associated with third-grade reading proficiency: School Readiness, School Attendance, Summer Learning, Parent and Family Engagement, and Healthy Readers. Our effort has been endorsed by the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and we are part of the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign. JWB is also proud to partner with Lectio, a Harvard evidence-based approach designed to improve reading outcomes and raise literacy rates for children. To learn more or to join our efforts, please email us.


JWB’s Book Bus is hitting the road again this summer! Two buses will drive across Pinellas on May 31 to June 2; July 5 to 7; and, July 11 to 14. Last summer, the Book Bus gave away nearly 13,000 books to kids across Pinellas County!

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Regular school attendance is important to help ensure on-time grade-level reading. Yet the pandemic continues to create barriers. Help us promote our Every Day Counts and Kindergarten Counts campaigns.

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ReadStrong Pinellas offers resources, techniques, and tips to strengthen literacy skills for children, providing information by age- and grade-level to assist parents and caregivers.

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Many factors influence whether a student is proficient in reading by the end of third grade – and chronic absence is one. JWB and our partners have resources to help foster positive school attendance.

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This new early literacy video series is designed to help parents talk to their little ones, and to other adults, about race and racism, in partnership with Thrive by Five Pinellas, Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, The Well of Life, and others.

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EarlyCare's interactive program is like having a virtual coach for parents and caregivers of young children. It offers helpful, age-specific tips on language, literacy, wellness, growth, development, and more. Text LEARN to 52046 to begin receiving free text messages.

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Our Partners

Alpha House of Pinellas County
ARTZ 4 Life
Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
BayCare Health System
Bethel Community Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
Boley Centers
Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast
CareerSource Pinellas
Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Children's Home Network
City of Clearwater
City of Dunedin
City of Largo
City of Pinellas Park
City of St. Petersburg
City of St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation
Clearwater NFC
Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Community Health Centers of Pinellas
Cops 'n Kids
Directions for Living
Dunedin Public Library
Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County
Faith-Based Literacy Program
Family Center on Deafness
Family Resources
Florida Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Florida Dept. of Health - Pinellas
Florida Dream Center
Girls Scouts of West Central Florida
Girls, Inc.
Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
Gulfcoast Legal Services
Healthy St. Pete Foundation
Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas
High Point NFC
InterCultural Advocacy Institute
James B. Sanderlin NFC
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin
Junior League of St. Petersburg
JWB Community Councils: North, South, and Mid-County
Lake Maggiore Shores Initiative
Largo Public Library
Lealman & Asian NFC
Literacy Council of St. Petersburg
Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas
Lutheran Services Florida
Mattie Williams NFC
myON Reader/Julie & David Cole
Operation PAR
PACE Center for Girls
Parent Support for Education Council
Perserve Vision Florida
Pinellas Community Foundation
Pinellas County Health & Human Services
Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board
Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas County Sheriff’s PAL
Pinellas County Urban League
Pinellas Education Foundation
Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce
Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
R' Club Child Care
Religious Community Services
Salvation Army
SEER Analytics
Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay
Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation
Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg Free Clinic
St. Petersburg Library System
Suncoast Center
Tampa Bay Rays
Tarpon Springs Housing Authority
The Poynter Institute
The Salvation Army
UMCM Suncoast
United Way Suncoast
USF Family Study Center
WorkNet Pinellas, Inc.
WUSF Public Media
YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
YMCA of the Suncoast
Youth Development Foundation
Youth Development Initiatives