There are nearly 1 million children under the age of 9 currently living in Georgia. Get Georgia Reading has already engaged public, private, and community partners committed to ensuring all children stay on track to achieve reading proficiency by the end of third grade, but we know we can’t reach all children in the state unless communities like yours join with us in this effort.
Promoting grade-level reading is not just good for children and families; it’s good for our communities as a whole. Children who read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school—paving the way to higher education, better opportunities in the workforce, and improved health outcomes.
Resources for Your Community
Many of our Campaign partners offer resources that communities can use or promote to support children’s language and literacy development. Here are just a few.
- Bright By Text: Bright by Text is a free service that provides activities, games, and resources right to your smartphone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more. Message and data rates may apply. To get started, text GPB to 274448 or fill out this form. Subscribers can receive texts in English or Spanish.
- Chat About Children: This educational series for families from DECAL features episodes on monitoring development, supporting transition back to child care and school, building your young child’s brain, engaging children in play, how early language builds literacy, and more.
- Community Action Toolkit: In order to ensure that every child in Georgia becomes a proficient reader by the end of third grade, the Get Georgia Reading Campaign has built a set of tools—including videos, downloadable workbooks and reports, and inspiring stories—for communities to use to learn about the four-pillar framework, to examine community-level data, and to identify new and innovative ways of working together and aligning efforts.
- Early Learning Climate Implementation Toolkit: Georgia is innovating a practice that integrates strategies from the preschool model of PBIS into the school-wide model. These tools will help teachers and administrators understand and apply the knowledge of child development to better lay a secure foundation for children during their first few years of early elementary school by addressing school climate and social-emotional development.
- Georgia KIDS COUNT: Georgia Family Connection Partnership compiles current, reliable data on child well-being in each of our state’s 159 counties, reporting year-to-year data highlights, trends, and disparities to inform planning, budget, and policy decisions regarding priorities, services, and resources that impact Georgia’s children, families, and communities.
- Georgia School Reports: The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) provides reports for all public schools in Georgia with A-F letter grades based on school performance, performance on state tests, the student body makeup, and graduation rate. This helps parents, students, educators, and communities understand how their schools are performing and focus improvement efforts on the most critical challenges.
- myON Digital Library: During the summer months, myON makes its digital library of more than 10,000 books for children and youth available to Georgians for free.
- Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS): DECAL and the GaDOE have embraced the evidence-based, data-driven PBIS framework as a way to improve school climate, reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety, and support improved student outcomes. PBIS has been implemented by a growing list of school systems across the state, resulting in reduced disciplinary actions and improved graduation rates.
- Quality Rated: When all children and families in your community have access to quality early-learning opportunities, more children will be prepared for success when they arrive in kindergarten. Bright from the Start: The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) offers an online search tool to help parents find quality child care and a manual to help child care programs become Quality Rated.
- Summer Meal Programs: Many children go hungry during the summer and can fall behind in school. To ensure all kids have access to nutritious meals and learning opportunities to keep them on track year round, DECAL and the GaDOE have a summer meal program locator. Learn how to become a summer meal site sponsor.
- Talk With Me Baby: This collaborative has developed a population-based approach to ensure all parents and caregivers receive critical messaging and coaching to help them deliver abundant Language Nutrition to their infants and children.
- Words2Reading: Words2Reading brings families, caregivers, and teachers the best resources in developing early language skills and reading readiness from birth to age 8. Grow your young reader through easy-to-follow videos, web links, downloadable documents, e-books, and audio clips all available online.
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Where Do I Start?
- Check out our Community Locator to see if your community has joined the Campaign and, if not, find out how to bring yours together to get kids reading.
- Use the Community Action Toolkit and community-level data to engage public and private partners that care about children ages 8 and under in a conversation about what needs to be done.
- Browse through our stories for ideas and inspiration, and then come back to share your own success stories as your local efforts expand and deepen.