Third-grade reading proficiency is a critical milestone that many children do not achieve, especially those from backgrounds of poverty. Third grade marks the point where learning shifts – no longer are children solely “learning to read” – they must now “read to learn.”

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The MS Campaign seeks to help communities align, stack, and strengthen existing resources to create, extend, and widen initiatives related to school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning. The goal is to have community-driven and community-specific solutions to challenges or barriers that have been identified. The Campaign is not a quick fix or magic bullet, but rather an organizational framework to open lines of communication and bolster working relationships between various community groups and organizations.