Focus Areas


Every Child Reads focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Partners in the Every Child Reads—Dubuque County helped to develop a Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) to address the three underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those from low-income families, from reading well including:

  • School Readiness: All young people will be school ready through high-quality early education in combination with additional supports for higher achievement rates.
  • School Attendance: No students will miss more than 10% of the school year.
  • Summer Learning: Change summertime focus from “keeping kids busy” to purposeful activities that foster skills, including reading, math and science growth.
  • Healthy Readers: Children who are on track in their physical, social and emotional, cognitive, and verbal development are more successful learners from their earliest years, and they are more likely to become proficient readers