About the Initiative

The Cobb Collaborative is engaging all stakeholders in a community-wide reading initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve literacy in children. As one of many solutions to improving outcomes for children and families, improved literacy has been proven to directly influence the opportunities and successes of their lives.

In order to provide support to families, caregivers, and providers, we have developed the Building Blocks for Families campaign to equip Cobb County with the tools it needs to provide accessible resources for all. It is essential that all children have access to the tools they need to succeed, and we are here to help!

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As the local point of contact for the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, the Collaborative and our members have determined early literacy is an urgent priority. Reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade is a critical milestone toward graduation and success later in life.

Students who have not mastered reading by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. This has significant, long-term consequences for children, families, and communities. This effects our economy, safety, and health.

In partnership, we have developed individual and environmental strategies to support the four-pillar framework of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign and increasing awareness for reading proficiency.

ONLY 45% OF CHILDREN
under the age of 6 are read to by family members more than 4 days per week

In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age appropriate books is 1 for every 300 children

52.3% OF CHILDREN
are not achieving Proficient Learner on Milestones English Language Arts assessment in Cobb County

Resources

Pocket Key 2019

REFERENCIA Y OTROS SERVICIOS

GCAPP Parent Toolkit: Education, Prevention, Action for Adolescent Health

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Collecting Books in Other Languages

"In today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, proficiency in other languages is a vital skill" (Lead With Language).

Recognizing our community's diversity, the Cobb Collaborative actively seeks books in other languages to deliver to children who struggle to access books.

We will distribute donated the books to families who will benefit from them. Contact us today if you have books to donate.

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