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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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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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