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.

  • 0

    New books to kids to support literacy efforts last year

  • 0

    Neighborhood stops by Book Bus to give away books last summer

  • 0

    Students & parents received Kindergarten Counts materials

  • 0

    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
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
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
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

Grade-Level Reading Resources

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