Spotlight: Third Grade Reading

Kids who are reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate high school on time.

June 2019 – United Way’s Steps to Success framework focuses on nine critical milestones on the path to prosperity. This month, as we reach the end of the school year, we’re focusing on the Grade-level Reading by Third Grade Step.

Expert Insights

We talked with experts in our region that know the importance of reading on grade-level by third grade and the pieces to go into achieving that.

Literacy Overview

Read about one person’s literacy story in our feature article.

How to Promote Literacy at Home

The path to literacy begins at home. How can parents and families help a child learn to read? What should they do if their child is struggling? Tanya Elliott shared her thoughts. Read more.


Audrey Trussell, United Way’s Vice President of Community Impact, has a terrific explainer on the importance of attendance. Read more.

Teacher Prep

As students prepare to read, how do educators prepare to teach? We talked to VCU’s Joan Rhodes to find out how teachers learn about literacy instruction. Read more.

Supported Agencies

Hear from leaders at our funded agencies that support the Third Grade Reading Step.

What We Do

Greater Richmond Campaign for Grade-level Reading

We run the Campaign for Grade-level Reading partners with school districts, nonprofits, corporations and other organizations to collectively increase third grade reading proficiency across the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region.

By The Numbers

Our new online data hub tracks data related to third grade reading. Indicators include third grade reading SOL scores and chronic absenteeism. Learn more and see how our region is doing.