About Us

The Campaign 

United Way of Rhode Island and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT are pleased to lead Rhode Island Reads: The Campaign for 3rd Grade Reading, in collaboration with a growing number of partners.  Rhode Island Reads connects people, organizations, state agencies, businesses, and communities around the shared goal of doubling the number of third graders reading on grade-level by 2025.

 

Members of the Campaign

Rhode Island Reads is made up of many organizations and partners who are dedicated to reaching our goal of 75% of Rhode Island 3rd graders reading at grade-level by 2025.  To see who is part of the campaign, click here

National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.  To learn more, please visit www.gradelevelreading.net.

United Way of Rhode Island

For 90 years, United Way of Rhode Island has worked to change lives and strengthen our community in the state.  Much of that work has focused on children, and the Grade-Level Reading Campaign is the latest effort that United Way is proud to put its resources behind.  To learn more, please visit www.uwri.org.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is a statewide policy and advocacy organization that works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children. To learn more, please visit www.rikidscount.org

Rhode Island Children’s Cabinet
The Rhode Island Children’s Cabinet consists of state agency directors responsible for policies and programs that impact children and families.  The Children's Cabinet works collaboratively across departments to improve the health, education and well-being of children and families, especially for the most vulnerable and at-risk children and families in Rhode Island. The Cabinet is chaired by the Secretary of the Rhode Island Office of Health and Human Services. The vice chair is the Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Education.  The Children’s Cabinet’s Action Plan to Improve 3rd Grade Reading can be found at www.kids.ri.gov

Rhode Island Reads Advocacy Agenda

Achieving our goal of doubling the number of 3rd graders reading proficiently requires focused attention and resources dedicated to improving the learning and development of children from birth through age 8.