Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Every Child / Every Promise, in strategic alliance with the Community Foundation, served as a catalyst for the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. This collaborative effort by funders and nonprofit partners across the community is working to ensure that more children succeed in school and are prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. The campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

You can support the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading by making a gift to the Community Foundation's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Fund.

Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Information Sheet
Community Solutions Action Plan.
Community Solutions Action Plan Executive Summary.

Year One Progress Report

Mid-Point Self-Assessment 

2012 All-America City Award

Studies show that 74% of students who fall behind in reading proficiency at the end of third grade do not graduate from high school. In strategic alliance with the Community Foundation, Every Child / Every Promise is leading an effort to ensure Dubuque's children have the resources they need to meet this critical milestone and to succeed in school and life.

In June 2011, the National Civic League (NCL), the organization that honored Dubuque with the 2007 All-America City Award, joined forces with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to support national efforts to address this challenge in education.

Based on Dubuque's ambitious Community Solutions Action Plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, the National Civic League named our community a 2012 All-America City on July 2, 2012. Dubuque was one of 14 awardees selected from 32 finalists.

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Community Solutions Action Plan

Every Child / Every Promise convened a cross-section of the Dubuque community to develop a comprehensive, realistic and sustainable plan to improve the reading proficiency of Dubuque’s students by the end of third grade. This Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) for Third Grade Reading aims to drive improvement in three areas: school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning.

Download the Community Solutions Action Plan.
Download the Community Solutions Action Plan Executive Summary.

School Readiness

Issue: Young children show up for school not ready to learn.
Strategies: Enroll childcare and preschool providers in a Quality Rating System; Increase support for parents, especially for at-risk families; Engage legislators in issues around quality childcare and preschools

School Attendance

Issue: Children in grades K-3 miss too many days of school.
Strategies: Engage community to implement a plan to increase attendance; Educate and support parents; Convene schools to review attendance policies

Download the Attendance Awareness flyer

Summer Learning

Issue: Many children in the early grades lose ground over the summer.
Strategies: Create community-supported summer learning programs; Work with families to ensure access to summer learning; Engage local policy, school, business and nonprofit decision makers in planning and measuring success of summer programs as well as exploring year-round learning possibilities

Download the Summer Learning Day flyer.

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Summer Academy 2016

The Dubuque Community School District's Summer Academy 2016 is a six-week, full-day learning experience designed to give students a reading-focused morning combined with amazing afternoon enrichment. The program is designed to engage parents as partners and help students gain new academic skills to ensure they are prepared to enter school in the fall ready to excel.

This fun, high-quality program includes:

  • District teachers working to strengthen reading skills
  • Small class sizes
  • Curriculum aligned with Common Core
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Activities in STEM, arts and health/exercise
  • Field trips and service projects

Summer Academy expands learning time to prevent summer learning loss. The program is designed to achieve the following goals: 

  • Students will increase their reading skills.
  • Students will strengthen their self-confidence.
  • Students will improve their social skills.
  • Parents will become more engaged in their child's education

Summer Academy is a partnership between the Dubuque Community School District, Every Child/Every Promise and the Community Foundation.

Summer Academy 2016 Flyer

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Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Network

AmeriCorps Partners in Learning

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Childcare Resources and Referral 
City of Dubuque
Clarke University
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
Crescent Community Health Center
Dubuque Community School District
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
Dubuque County Early Childhood
Emmaus Bible College
Every Child / Every Promise
Four Oaks: Parents as Teachers
Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools
Head Start
Holy Family Schools
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
Leisure Services
Loras College
Multicultural Family Center
Northeast Iowa Community College
Project Concern
Operation New View: Head Start
St. Mark Community Center
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States
University of Dubuque
West Dubuque Schools

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Eric Dregne
Title Every Child / Every Promise Executive Director
700 Locust Street
Suite 195
Dubuque, IA 52001


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