Together Bristol TN/VA community partners provide children with the supports they need to be successful with learning to read so that they will be ready to read to learn in third grade. Twin City Reads shares the ideals and goals of “The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading” (CGRL).
The components of success in reading to learn include attention to the gaps; school attendance, quality prenatal and pre-school experience, and attention to the ‘summer slide’, the time when children are out of school.
These gaps are addressed through many community agencies in addition to our schools. Of first and most importance are parents and caregivers—focusing on parent/child engagement, parenting for success, parents as first teacher, and building strong brains, are some of the ways we help children succeed.
Four organizations come together to lead this initiative of reading on grade level; the United Way of Bristol TN/VA, Bristol’s Promise: Youth Networking Alliance, Reading Buddies Bristol TN/VA and the Bristol Public Library. A collective impact approach includes all those organizations providing tools to parents, caregivers and children to achieve success in reading.