Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Honors Given to Children’s Services Council of Broward for Broward Reads Program


Broward County, Fla. — July 16, 2019 —
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) announced that 32 communities are Pacesetters for their work during 2018 to support early school success. Children’s Services Council of Broward County was one of only three entities in Florida to be named a «Pacesetter» at the national level for its Broward Reads program


The national organization announced its top achievers across the country on July 3, 2019, and Floridian honors went to Broward County, Indian River County and Delray Beach. This is the third consecutive year that Children’s Services Council of Broward County has received this national accolade for its comprehensive work in advancing literacy, raising reading levels and fighting against the effects of poverty among the state’s youngest residents.

“Recognizing Pacesetters is our way of applauding and thanking the civic leaders, organizations and agencies that have joined forces to build brighter futures for children in their communities,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of CGLR. “We are learning with them and from them what it takes to move the needle and close the gap. Mobilized communities — like these Pacesetters — are essential to ensuring school success.”

Each year, CGLR uses its Pacesetter Honors to highlight communities that report making measurable progress on key indicators of early school success. These communities serve as proof points and represent the “leading edge” of innovation, impact and improvement within the GLR Network, currently comprised of more than 300 communities, representing 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alberta, Canada.

The 2018 Pacesetters met one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Pacesetters in achieving bigger, better outcomesare demonstrating population-level progress in one or more of the four key progress indicators for low-income children (school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and/or grade-level proficiency in K–3 reading and/or math).
  2. Pacesetters in making game-changing impacts and fixing the brakes on progress are proof points in tackling one or more of the following:
  • Reducing fragmentation by aligning, linking, stacking and bundling the most proven and promising strategies, programs and practices in the right dosage, duration and sequence.
  • Building stronger data-sharing agreements and partnerships that result in community-wide efforts to establish baselines, set targets, track progress, disaggregate for subgroups, create early warning and response systems, tailor strategies and ensure shared accountability.
  • Focusing on funder collaboration and co-investment on a shared set of priorities and intended results.
  • Strengthening cross-sector (public/private/social services) collaboration, interagency partnerships and community-wide mobilization.
  1. Pacesetters in building the Community Learning for Impact & Improvement Platform (CLIP) are engaging more deeply in learning from and with their colleagues across the GLR Network through CLIP, an online platform powered by CGLR to lower the barriers and costs associated with spreading information about what’s working, why and under what conditions.

The 2018 Pacesetters met one or more of the criteria above:

  • Avondale, Ariz. — Read On Arizona
  • Broward, Fla. — Broward Reads
  • Cedar Valley, Iowa — Cedar Valley Readers
  • Cobb County, Ga. — Get Georgia Reading
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa — Raise Me to Read
  • Delray Beach, Fla.
  • Des Moines, Iowa — Read to Succeed
  • Dubuque, Iowa — Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Flint and Genesee County, Mich. — Flint & Genesee Literacy Network
  • Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell Education Partnership
  • Gulfport, Miss. — One Coast Coalition
  • Hartford, Conn. — Hartford Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Indian River County, Fla. — Moonshot Moment Literacy Movement
  • Kansas City, Mo. — Turn the Page KC
  • Lane County, Ore.
  • Montgomery County-Dayton, Ohio — Learn to Earn Dayton
  • New Britain, Conn. — Coalition for New Britain’s Youth
  • Northern Nevada — Northern Nevada Grade-Level Reading Coalition
  • Philadelphia, Pa. — Read by 4th
  • Quad Cities, Iowa/Ill. — Quad Cities Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Roanoke, Va. — Star City Reads
  • Salt Lake City, Utah — Promise Partnerships of Salt Lake
  • San Antonio, Texas — ReadyKidSA
  • Shawnee County, Kansas — Shawnee County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Sioux City, Iowa — 0–3: Prime Age to Engage
  • Story County, Iowa — Story County Reads
  • Suncoast, Fla. — Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Tahoe-Truckee Calif. — Tahoe Truckee Reads
  • Virginia Beach, Va. — Virginia Beach READS
  • Wake County, N.C. — WAKE Up and Read
  • Whitfield, Ga. — Get Georgia Reading
  • Wilmington, Del. — Get Delaware Reading Wilmington

To learn more, visit

About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading seeks to disrupt generational poverty by mobilizing communities to promote early school success for those children currently on the high-risk side of the achievement gap. To date, our efforts have helped to spark a “grassroots to governors” movement for ensuring early school success, advancing grade-level reading and reducing chronic absence as important policy priorities. More than 4,100 organizations have formed “big tent” sponsoring coalitions in 300+ communities across 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alberta, Canada. To learn more, visit and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.

TMN CSCBroward BrowardReads.jpg Caption: (l-r) CSC Broward CEO Cindy J. Arenberg Seltzer, Esq; Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Beam Furr, former Broward Mayor; Ron Fairchild, President-CEO of Smarter Learning Group


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