The Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading launched in 2012, answering a call to action by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading brings focus to a key predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade. The Campaign is a collaborative effort by funders, nonprofit partners, school and parents to help ensure that more low-income children succeed in school and are prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.

Our Approach

Dubuque’s Campaign leverages proven expertise, effective resources and a nationally recognized collective impact approach to enable our community to improve and create local systems to ensure our young people succeed. Our Theory of Action helps local partnerships build and sustain civic infrastructure by engaging the community, eliminating disparities, focusing on continuous improvement and aligning existing resources.

The Community Solutions Action Plan

A network of dedicated partners from schools, nonprofits, higher education, businesses, neighborhoods and the faith community, led by Every Child/Every Promise, convened to develop a comprehensive, realistic and sustainable plan to improve the reading proficiency of Dubuque’s students by the end of third grade. The Community Solutions Action Plan for third-grade reading aims to drive progress in three areas: school readiness, summer learning and school attendance. Learn more about each focus area here.