Pinellas Grade-Level Reading Campaign

Reading on grade-level by third grade is one of the most important predictors of high school graduation and career success. Yet nationwide, only about one-third of all children achieve this milestone. In response, JWB and our Pinellas County partners launched the Early Readers, Future Leaders: Pinellas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with a vision that all children will be proficient readers by third grade.

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    New books to kids to support literacy efforts last year

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    Neighborhood stops by Book Bus to give away books last summer

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    Students & parents received Kindergarten Counts materials

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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 in Pinellas County. Our effort has been endorsed by the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, where we have been designated a community network under their movement, and we are part of the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign. Locally, we have adopted a Community Solutions Action Plan and are guided by a Pinellas Grade-Level Reading Steering Committee.  To learn more or to join our local efforts, please email us.  

The Community Solutions Action Plan outlines our collective objectives, which are focused on five core factors associated with third-grade reading proficiency:


  • School Readiness
  • School Attendance
  • Summer Learning
  • Parent and Family Engagement
  • Healthy Readers

Our Partners

  • 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares
  • 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
  • CASA
  • 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
  • PARC
  • 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
  • SEER Analytics
  • Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay
  • Salvation Army
  • SEER Analytics
  • Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Spectrum
  • 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
  • WEDU
  • WeeREAD
  • WellCare
  • WorkNet Pinellas, Inc.
  • WUSF Public Media
  • YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
  • YMCA of the Suncoast
  • Youth Development Foundation
  • Youth Development Initiatives

Grade-Level Reading Resources

  • Reading Matters - Grade-Level Reading Guide
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  • Reading Tips Bookmark English + Spanish
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  • 2016 JWB Collective Initiative Booklet
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  • 2015 JWB Collective Initiatives Booklet
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  • Attendance Parent Pledge Flyer - Eng + Spanish - Elementary Boy II
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  • Attendance Parent Pledge Flyer - Eng + Spanish - Elementary Girl
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  • Attendance Parent Pledge Flyer - Eng + Spanish - PreK + Kindergarten
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  • Kindergarten Counts Coloring Book - English
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  • Kindergarten Counts Coloring Book - Spanish
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