More Hopeful Futures and United Way
Preparing for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's next phase


Sacramento is one of the first regions in California named as a member of the Pacesetter Cohort for the More Hopeful Futures (MHF) initiative. MHF will be the next phase of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) with a primary goal to ensure that by 2020, ONE MILLION more children in low-income families will be reading proficiently by the end of the third grade.

As part of the Pacesetter Cohort, United Way California Capital Region and 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, will initiate its planning and development phase in fall 2015 and move toward implementation in the spring of 2016. CGLR, cohort participants, and community partners will road test plans that will reach the early goal of helping 50,000 more children on the path to becoming proficient readers by 2018.

More specifically, as part of this goal, United Way expects to see 15 percent fewer children starting school with undetected developmental delays, physical ailments and vision and hearing impairments; 15 percent fewer children missing school due to asthma and tooth pain; 25 percent of children participating will enhance their reading skills over the summer rather than falling behind.

Check back often for updates on our progress.

About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

United Way became the lead convener of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2014. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a nationwide initiative dedicated to empowering young children to read at grade-level by the end of the third grade. 

Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth grade curriculum.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, please contact Donna Mobley at 916-856-3917 or email.