Dubuque Summer Academy

Students participate in learning activities during Summer Academy.

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. In Dubuque, 26% of third-grade students are not reading at grade level. To address this, a network of dedicated partners from schools, nonprofits, higher education, business, neighborhoods and the faith community 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 that was developed provided a roadmap for the future efforts of the network.

Key accomplishments include:

  • 160 first- and second-graders attended Summer Academy in 2017, and 88% of students maintained or increased reading proficiency.
  • New strategies for responding to chronic absence and improved attendance data have led to a measurable decrease in chronic absence at Title I schools, and data is now collected district-wide.
  • In 2015, the Campaign supported the increase of quality-rated preschools and child care centers in the community enhancing school readiness.

Campaign partners:

  • Alliant Energy
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Carnegie Stout Public Library-Dubuque
  • Child Care Resource and Referral
  • City of Dubuque
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
  • Crescent Community Health
  • Dubuque Community School District
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
  • Dubuque County Early Childhood
  • Dubuque Dream Center
  • Dubuque Racing Association
  • Four Oaks
  • Iowa State Extension Office
  • Keystone AEA
  • Loras College
  • McDonough Foundation
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Operation New View/Head Start
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • Two By Two
  • United Way
  • UnityPoint Health
  • University of Dubuque
  • U.S. Bank