The Suncoast Region of Florida – encompassing Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties – is a region marked by incredible diversity of multiracial and multilingual rural, suburban and urban communities ranging in economic status. Within this region, many asset-limited families continue to struggle to ensure that their children will retain reading skills and read at grade level throughout elementary school. Challenges faced by these families only grew during the COVID-19 pandemic, which offered new inroads and opportunities for the Suncoast Region Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) to continue its work in ensuring children retain grade-level reading skills.
Collaboration between SCGRL and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (CFSC) has led to the implementation of a 2Gen approach toward promoting grade-level reading among children from asset-limited families. CFSC’s 2Gen approach invests in education and certification for parents, caregivers and children, aligning mental health support with academic success.