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SAN ANTONIO (April 6, 2017) – The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) announced the designation of San Antonio as a 2016 “Pacesetter Community” on March 29, 2014. San Antonio was recognized for exemplary work in eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming proficient readers.
The statement recognized the City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services (DHS) and Pre-K 4SA, in partnership with United Way‘s Ready Kid SA Coalition, the P-16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, San Antonio Housing Authority, local school districts and numerous community organizations for merging resources to help San Antonio’s young children follow the path to reading success. San Antonio is one of forty-eight communities across the nation recognized as Pacesetters for leading by example to solve the challenges that can undermine early literacy – school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.
“This Coalition, including the City’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs, Pre-K4SA, and investments in community non-profit programs, has created an early childhood education and care continuum that is committed to aligning resources to ensure that the most vulnerable children have access to opportunities for educational success,” Mayor Ivy R. Taylor said.
Pacesetter communities were selected based on meeting either or both of the following criteria:
- Demonstrating measurable improvement in outcomes for low-income children in one or more focus areas: school readiness, attendance, summer learning, grade-level reading
- Demonstrating exemplary work in one or more aspects of the GLR campaign’s framework for success, scale and sustainability
San Antonio was honored for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness for children from low-income families and for demonstrating exemplary work in all areas of success, scale and sustainability.
“Looking at population-level data gives United Way’s ReadyKidSA Coalition and participating school districts a powerful tool to identify neighborhoods in the community that have high numbers of students who are ready for kindergarten,” said Ed Rice, Executive Vice President, Partners for Community Change United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. “We use this data to create strategies to improve school readiness in other areas across the city.”
Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, said, “Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the GLR Campaign. We are very proud of San Antonio and the numerous organizations and individuals behind the community for joining forces and working tirelessly to uplift children and families. They remind us that we are seeing great progress and real results all across the country."