There are nearly 1 million children under the age of 9 currently living in Georgia. 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.
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An Introduction to Get Georgia Reading: This brief narrative booklet introduces the Get Georgia Reading Campaign and its approach to promoting reading proficiency for all children.
Building the Path to Reading Proficiency: A Compendium of Research and Evidence-Based Practices: This compendium provides a useful tool for parents, educators, health professionals, community and business leaders, legislators, and investors to use in their sphere of influence to make a difference for Georgia’s children, families, and communities.
Community Action Workbook: In September 2015, nearly 200 Georgia state and local leaders gathered for a two-day summit to deepen their understanding of the research and best practices to get children reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Participants heard from experts across the state and listened to stories about the challenges and opportunities to Get Georgia Reading. These “lightning talks” illuminated the four-pillar framework and helped identify key partners, important stakeholders, and clear actions that were necessary to bring the four pillars to life in communities. The Community Action Workbook includes links to videos of each of the lightning talks, coupled with design-thinking exercises that every community in Georgia can use as a tool for energizing their own partners and stakeholders to align around key actions that will help all kids be on a path to reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Get Georgia Reading Campaign Overview Presentation: This is an overview presentation about Get Georgia Reading, its four-pillar framework, and state-, community-, and school-level indicators related to third-grade reading proficiency.
Getting All Children on the Path to Literacy: What Can I Do?: This booklet features inspiring stories, ideas, and tips that parents, educators, health care providers, community and business leaders, legislators, and funders can learn from and act on to apply the four pillars in their daily lives to ensure all children in Georgia become proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Beyond 2020: Rewriting Our Story to Improve Childhood Literacy: This report shares what we’ve learned, our successes, and our challenges—and what we need to do next to ensure that every child in Georgia has access to the services and supports necessary to get on the path to learning to read by third grade.
What We Know & What We Can Do
This series of infographics uncover underlying factors affecting children’s ability to read.
Birth Outcomes: Premature birth can lead to lifelong developmental and intellectual disabilities for babies. In the first few years of life, babies’ brains are forming the neural connections for social, emotional, cognitive, and language development that shape their capacity to read by third grade and subsequently access their full potential.
Language Development: Early language exposure is among the strongest predictors of third-grade reading proficiency. Language development is the foundation for children’s social, emotional, and mental health development—and academic ability.
Children’s Mental Health: Every day, children across Georgia cope with mental health issues brought on by circumstances beyond their control. These issues affect a child’s ability to reach developmental and emotional milestones, demonstrate healthy social skills, and solve problems.
Physical Health: Nearly 25 percent of Georgia’s kids struggle to get basic necessities to live healthy and productive lives. To fully participate in their education and developmental opportunities, children need to be healthy. Children thrive when they develop healthy habits and have access to nutritious food and consistent medical care.