Pontiac READS! is a member of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Our mission is to ensure that all children in the City of Pontiac read, write, speak, listen, and visually represent proficiently. Our vision is to invest in Pontiac children’s right to literacy access and equity by intentionally and explicitly providing community-wide support for literacy development from birth-grade 3.
The Pontiac United Education Coalition (PUEC), a registered non-profit, has recruited literacy stakeholders from across Pontiac to form our local chapter of the Campaign Grade Level Reading (CGLR)–Pontiac READS! Collaboratively, educators, business leaders, not-for-profit organizations, and faith communities have come together to partner with parents and schools to support young children’s (birth-grade three) literacy development across Pontiac.
Pontiac READS! will focus on four goal areas, each of which research shows are critical to literacy success: summer learning, early literacy learning, school attendance, and health and wellness. Each of these goal areas will form a Collaborative that is composed of partners, subject experts, community stakeholders who will help navigate and drive planning for high quality program implementation using best practices. A Visionary Council will provide guidance and strategy for all CGLR collaboratives. Members include the chair of each collaborative, funders, and experts.
Partner organizations will participate in evidence-based practices, shared data collection procedures, and application of data analysis to drive program improvement to work collaboratively towards the goals of Pontiac READS!