Preschool is vital to kids and to Louisiana's economy | Editorial

February 9, 2018

Read this compelling call from the Times Picayune Editorial Board to our Louisiana state legislators for serious investment in quality early care and education.

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Access to Child Care in Louisiana is Critical | GUEST COLUMN

January 29, 2018

In celebration of Early Education Week, read this guest column by Melanie Bronfin, a member of our Campaign's Steering Committee, about the importance of quality childcare in Louisiana.

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It will take all of us to build up pre-K in New Orleans | Opinion

January 25, 2018

Henderson Lewis Jr., Superintendent of Orleans Parish schools, and John A. Brown Sr., president of the Orleans Parish School Board stress the importance of quality early childhood education for our children.

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Preschool is essential to give New Orleans children a fast start | Editorial

January 7, 2018

The effort to improve pre-K is particularly important in New Orleans, where a high percentage of children live in poverty and lack access to good childcare and preschool.

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Fewer pre-K seats are available in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina

January 4, 2018

There are fewer pre-K options available to New Orleans parents today than there were before the school system transitioned to charters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to a recent study by Tulane University's Education Research Alliance for New Orleans.

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WWNO 89.9: "New Orleans To Start Funding Pre-K"

December 19, 2017

New Orleans' Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed the 2018 city budget, allocating $750,000 towards early care and education, a first for our city's children and families.

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Mayor, Council Members and Advocates Celebrate Historic Investment in Early Childhood Education

December 18, 2017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans City Council Members and early childhood education advocates will gather Monday, December 18, 2017 at 1:30 P.M. in the Mayor’s office in celebration of the historic, first-of-its-kind, $750,000 City investment in quality early childhood education seats in New Orleans.

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New Orleans City Council passes $646.3 million budget

December 1, 2017

In a major win for New Orleans' children and families, the 2018 city budget will include $750,000 to increase the number of early education seats for young children

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Child care investment would help city | Letter to the Editor

November 20, 2017

Ron McClain, Executive Director of the Institute of Mental Hygiene and Michael Williamson, CEO of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana respond to the City Council's proposed plan to incorporate child care in the city budget as an important step toward ensuring every New Orleans child enters school ready to learn.

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New Orleans' next mayor should stress child care, education | opinion

October 27, 2017

Read more about retired Lt. General Russel Honore's case for investing New Orlean's young children as a critical factor in crime prevention and community resilience in this New Orleans Advocate op ed piece.

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New Orleans' City Council to push for funding of early childhood education

November 6, 2017

The Louisiana Weekly reports that the City Council's long-term goal of emphasizing early childhood education is to reduce poverty and increase the number of middle-class New Orleanians, which would in turn increase the city’s tax base.

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New Orleans' City Council Seeks to Prioritize funding for early childcare and education

November 1, 2017

Members of the New Orleans City Council are calling for the city to spend $750,000 next year to provide 100 new slots for children in day cares and pre-K programs.

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New Orleans City Council hosts press conference for Early Childhood Education budget request

November 1, 2017

City Council President Jason Williams is calling for a one million dollar 2018 Budget allocation for early childhood education across the city. The New Orleans City Council will hold a press conference on Wednesday, November 1st to stress the need for this budget request.

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Check out our feature in the National Campaign's Weekly Huddle Roundup

October 11, 2017

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was featured in the latest publication of the National Campaign's weekly Huddle post highlighting the Mayoral Forum and community-wide Joint Statement.

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Grade-Level Reading Mayoral Forum

September 27, 2017
On Wednesday, September 27 from 5-7pm WYES carried a live stream on of the GRADE-LEVEL READING MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM. Missed it?

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New Orleans mayoral candidates must commit to invest in our young children | Opinion

September 27, 2017
Ron McClain, of the Institute of Mental Hygiene, makes the case for early education investment as an essential facet of a successful crime prevention strategy.

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Grade-Level Reading: A Community Responsibility I OPINION

September 27, 2017
Why is third grade so crucial? Hamilton Simons-Jones explains how the important milestone shapes a child’s future.

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Get Them Young for Education, Good Jobs I OPINION

October 2, 2017
The President of Entergy, Charles Rice Jr., explains why a strong focus on educating children is directly linked to the future growth of the local economy.

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Grade Level Reading Call to Action

This Call to Action was issued in 2016 to raise awareness about the challenges of third grade reading facing New Orleans. The Call to Action kicked off New Orleans’ most recent community-wide planning process to address third grade reading proficiency.


Community Solutions Action Plan

The Community Solutions Action Plan was developed in 2016 and 2017 with the engagement of more than 70 people representing 50 organizational and individual partners in a format used by hundreds of communities across the United States that have come together to improve third grade reading in their local communities. This plan outlines the challenges, goals, strategies, and long-term plans for the New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and is reviewed annually.


National Campaign

The campaign aims to make grade-level reading proficiency for all children by the end of third grade a national priority.

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Summer Learning

Ensuring children and youth have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in college, career and life.

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School Attendance

A national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance.

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Spring 2018
New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Public Launch
Stay tuned! Time and location coming soon.

February 3, 2018
2018 Urban League Schools Expo
Mercedes-Benz Superdome Field
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr, NOLA 70112
10 am – 2 pm.

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has partnered with the Urban League of Louisiana’s twelfth annual Schools Expo on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome from 10am-2pm. For the first time, this year's Schools Expo will feature an area dedicated to information about summer learning opportunities. This event is designed to provide a one-stop shop where parents are able to learn about all of their school and summer programming options in New Orleans. The Expo is an excellent way to celebrate our community’s greatest resource – our children.
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January 17, 2018
Fight For Literacy Charity Basketball Game: Tulane v. Houston
Tulane University
Devlin Fieldhouse
6811 Freret Street, NOLA 70118
7 pm – 10 pm.

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has partenered with Coaching for Literacy, which advocates for literacy nationwide via the platform of sports, and in particular, the platform of NCAA basketball. Coaching for Literacy and Tulane University Men's Basketball have collaborated to host the Fight for Literacy Games- an initiative to raise funds and/or awareness for literacy programs. 100% of your donation will go to support literacy work of New Orleans Campaign for Level Reading in New Orleans, LA. Click the arrow to read more!
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October 3, 2017
Grade-Level Reading Resource Mapping Survey: Data Walk
United Way of Southeast Louisiana, 2515 Canal Street, October 3rd, 3 pm – 5 pm.

We shared a survey city-wide to gauge the current landscape of early education services and programs for youth in New Orleans. We brought survey participants together to discuss our findings, strategize next steps, and engage new partners in the Campaign.
September 27, 2017
New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Mayoral Forum
WYES Studios, 916 Navarre Avenue, September 27th, 5 pm – 7 pm

We called on New Orleans’ top polling Mayoral Candidates to share their plans on how they would increase the number of children reading on grade level by third in our City.
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