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Lane County Recognized as a Pacesetter for Early Literacy

Lane County has been honored as a Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for exemplary work in eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming proficient readers.

“Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the Grade-Level Reading Campaign,” said Ralph Smith, the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “We are very proud of Lane County 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."

The Grade-Level Reading Campaign recognizes Lane County, Oregon, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness and summer learning for children from low-income families. United Way of Lane County serves as the backbone support organization for the Lane Early Learning Alliance, which is focused on working together with cross-sector partners to create systems of services and supports that are aligned, coordinated, and family-centered, to ensure children are prepared to succeed in school and life.

Through Lane County’s collaborative efforts with partners:

  • Developmental screening rates for children have increased from 28.3% in 2013 to 67% in 2015, indicating a significant improvement in school readiness for low-income children.
  • Lane County also has implemented and scaled a successful Kids in Transition to School (KITS) program to improve summer learning and strengthen parent success. The KITS program has gone from serving 40 children at two sites in 2011 to serving 368 children at 24 school sites in 2016. Program outcomes include a 28% drop in the number children at risk for reading failure, as well as indicators of parental confidence at supporting their children’s learning and positive behaviors.

The Grade-Level Reading Campaign would especially like to recognize Lane County for its exemplary work to achieve success, scale, and sustainability of GLR efforts and outcomes. Find out more about the Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Awards.

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