CFVI recognized as 2013 Pacesetter for early childhood reading program

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The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has received national recognitions for its efforts to ensure low-income students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade

CFVI was recognized as a 2013 Community Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an honor that reflects the energy, mobilization and creativity that the local community has brought to this initiative.

The Community Foundation works in conjunction with community partners to boost outcomes across three strategic areas: school readiness, combating summer learning loss and promotion of school attendance. Much of this work is accomplished through CFVI's early childhood program, The Family Connection.

Established by CFVI in 2006, The Family Connection is designed to promote high-quality child care and strengthen early childhood education.

As part of its efforts to help raise reading abilities among elementary school students:

"We are impressed and inspired by what the Virgin Islands has accomplished so far," said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and a senior vice president at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands truly is setting the pace and providing a model for communities across the nation which are seeking to give more children from low-income families a chance at a brighter future."

CFVI is one of 37 Pacesetters named for 2013.

Launched in May 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading focuses on reading proficiency by the end of third grade, a key predictor of high school graduation.

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