Texas communities have been coming together for many years to support schools and parents in their efforts to increase reading skills. Many cities that have created collaborative work focused on supporting children achieve academic success are part of a national network of cities working toward the same goals called the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. In order to become part of the Campaign, stakeholders in each of these cities — including business, nonprofits, government and philanthropy — worked collaboratively to develop a plan focused on increasing reading achievement, proposing specific strategies and identifying local goals related to school readiness, summer learning loss, chronic absenteeism and parental engagement. At the national level, the Campaign provides technical assistance as these communities implement their plans. There are more than 300 communities participating in the GLR Network. Communities are located all across the country. If you’re looking for the lead contact in a Texas community, please contact us.

Here’s a list of Texas communities in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Network:


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Early literacy, school readiness and healthy development of young children have been areas of focused attention in Dallas/Fort Worth in recent years. The Start Smart Texas Dallas/Fort Worth initiative contributes to this ongoing work through a collaborative effort of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, KERA and The Commit Partnership, which spearheads Dallas efforts in the Campaign For Grade-Level Reading. All three organizations bring complementary resources and expertise to key issues related to academic success of young students in our city including school readiness, parent engagement and summer learning loss.  Examples of their work includes leadership in Early Matters Dallas, a coalition of more than 70 community nonprofits working to develop and implement the first Early Childhood Strategic Plan for Dallas County. In addition, Commit’s advocacy is buttressed by an innovative data dashboard tracking key indicators of educational achievement. And education and equity are at the heart of UWMD’s mission to improve quality of life. KERA, too, has long made education and equity key parts of its mission by providing educational programming and engaging digital resources for educators and caregivers and producing major events like the annual Summer Learning Challenge for families. In addition, all three organizations extend their reach through partnerships with scores of organizations working day to day to improve the lives of young children across the area.









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The Hub’s four-part early learning plan, “Every Child Ready to Succeed”, focuses on school readiness with Kids Club, Books for Babies, PBS multimedia app distribution program, and now Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs. The Campaign for Grade Level Reading’s priority on school readiness focuses on preparing more children from low income families so they are on track and ready for school. The Palacios Community Hub’s programs will help ensure there will be fewer children entering kindergarten with undetected, undiagnosed delays that can impede learning. We are especially excited about future outcomes for Palacios children of our new high intensity PAT program as it prepares children for school readiness and prevents delays in learning through its health screening process! For more information, contact Cassandra Austin (361) 972-9990,,,



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San Antonio:

United Way‘s ReadyKidSA Coalition, in partnership with the City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services (DHS) and Pre-K 4SA, KLRN, the P-16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, San Antonio Housing Authority, local school districts and numerous community organizations are merging resources to help San Antonio’s young children follow the path to reading success and school readiness. Through this collaboration, San Antonio has seen measurable progress in increasing Grade-Level Reading and school readiness. From this community collaborative, the Children’s Agenda was developed creating a Community Scorecard outlining three focus areas and the key indicators driving the goal that all children in San Antonio will be Happy, Healthy and Ready to enter kindergarten. Please visit for a list of resources and more details on this community initiative.  For questions, you may contact Kasi McCormick at 210-352-7147 or Katherine King, 210-352-7106.




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Start Smart Texas is a partnership between the Texas Education Agency, United Ways of Texas and Texas PBS created to support Texas communities that are part of the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, as well as other Texas cities, to achieve improved reading scores across our state. Start Smart Texas will provide cities the opportunity to learn from each other and together as we all strive to achieve improved reading scores across the state.