An initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Every Child Reads

Here for you. Josie Manternach Program Officer 563-588-2700

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.

Yet every year, 80% of low-income children each year miss this crucial milestone. We work across the seven-county Dubuque region to break down barriers to academic achievement in and out of the classroom and build a foundation for lifelong success.

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A Regional Approach to Child Well-Being

Every Child Reads is a regional network of partners, including educators, parents and civic leaders, who put the academic success and well-being of children first. Our program coordinators serve:

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Danielle Moore Dubuque Community School District Teacher

Reading Proficiency and Absenteeism in Dubuque Public Schools


K-12 students not proficient in reading*


Third-graders not proficient in reading*


Students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers**


The graduation failure rate for children who cannot read proficiently and are poor for at least one year is more than six times the rate for all proficient readers**


K-12 students chronically absent*

*Iowa School Performance Profile, Iowa Department of Education **Annie E. Casey Foundation


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As our first cohort of dyslexia tutors completes their training, we are launching a second cohort that will begin June 7. Be part of this opportunity to bring much-needed dyslexia resources to the Dubuque region!

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Our Commitment to Children

We mobilize community partners and generous supporters to understand and tackle barriers to academic success, including access to resources and social-emotional needs.

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