Dubuque Summer Academy

Students participate in learning activities during Summer Academy.

Every Child Reads Dubuque Community Solutions Action Plan (Click to open PDF)

Every Child Reads – Dubuque County 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.

Every Child Reads partners:

  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library
  • CDI Head Start – Serving Dubuque,
  • Delaware, Jackson Counties, IA
  • City of Dubuque
  • City of Dubuque AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program
  • Dubuque Community Schools
  • Dubuque County Early Childhood
  • Dubuque Dream Center
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
  • Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association
  • Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services
  • Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral of Northeast Iowa
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Keystone Area Education Agency
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States