West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition
The end of 3rd Grade Marks the point when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Children who read by the end of 3rd Grade are more likely to graduate from high school and be college ready. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children face barriers to meeting this crucial milestone.
Low-income children are also more likely to miss out on high quality early learning experiences.
The six hour, 180-day school year is insufficient to educate many students in urban public schools. The Coalition recognizes that academic achievement is a year-round activity and embraces Out of School Time Learning to include after-school and summer learning programs with a focus on increasing literacy skills.
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The West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition is a collective impact project with parent leaders, educators, librarians, service providers, businesses, and WCCUSD, taking an equity approach to ensure all children in West Contra Costa read at grade level by third grade. We accomplish this through sub-grants and Action Teams: Out of School Time, Early Learning, and Parent Engagement.
The Coalition was established by the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) in 2015, in partnership with key stakeholders and with funding support from the Hellman Foundation and the California Endowment.
The West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition has developed the following long-term goals,
- Out-of-School Time. Increase access to high quality summer and after-school programs that inspire, empower, and educate children in WCC.
- Parent Engagement. Parents are invested and engaged in their children’s learning every day.
- Early Learning/School Readiness. Ensure that all children in West Contra Costa (WCC) are school-ready.
|Alisha Fowler*||Bloom Educational Enrichment|
|Alison McKee||Hercules and Crocket Libraries|
|Bertha Romo||Youth Services Program Coordinator, City of San Pablo|
|Betsy Merzenich||Hellman Foundation|
|Betty Burris-Wright||City of Richmond Human Rights Commission|
|Beverly Roberts Charles||Writer Coach Connection|
|Blanca G. Esparza||Teacher|
|Consuelo Lara*||Retired Teacher|
|Cristal Banagan*||Girl’s Inc.|
|Dedan JiJaga||Richmond Grinders Track Club|
|Demetrio Gonzalez||WCCUSD – Teacher|
|Diana Lin||Occupational Therapy Training Program-SF|
|Diana Aranda||The California Endowment|
|Dulce Torres||Tandem Partners in Early Learning|
|Eric Aaholm||Youth Enrichment Strategies|
|Kaye Burnside*||RCF Board Member|
|Gia Paolini||Contra Costa Library|
|Gabi Rivas||First Five Contra Costa|
|Genoveva Calloway||City of San Pablo Councilmember|
|Gloria Scoggins||BlackBoard/RCF Board Member|
|Stacey Street*||Richmond Community Foundation|
|Janet Scott*||Director of Early Learning, WCCUSD|
|Joel Mackey||The Ed Fund|
|Kathleen Maloney||Irene S. Scully Foundation|
|Katie Melara*||Contra Costa Child Care Council|
|Katy Curl||Richmond Public Library|
|Kristen Turek||Marin Community Foundation|
|Laura Rodriguez||Tandem Partners in Early Learning|
|Elise Veliz||Youth, School & Community Partnerships Division, City of San Pablo|
|Lyn Potter||West Contra Costa Unified School District|
|Maureen Powers||Gemstone Foundation|
|Mialisa Bonta||Bring Me A Book/Literacy Lab|
|Michelle Torgersen||Reading Partners|
|Neal Bottom||WCCUSD – Teacher|
|Nicole Kyauk||East Bay Community Foundation|
|Olanrewaju Ajai||Coordinator of Early Learning WCCUSD|
|Pamela Mirabella||CCC Office of Education|
|Pat Loomes||Girls Smart Literacy Program|
|Qiana Washington||Washington & Associates|
|Robert Bunce*||The Ed Fund|
|Robin Wilson*||West County Reads|
|Rochelle Monk||City of Richmond|
|Ron Shaw||Youth Service Bureau|
|Ruth Major*||Read Alound Volunteer Program|
|Sandra Stewart||Administrative Librarian, City of Richmond|
|Sherry Drobner||Literacy for Every Adult Program|
|Shirley Kalinowski||REading ADvantage|
|Sonja Neely-Johnson*||Director of Educational Services, WCCUSD|
|Teodora Ildefonzo-Olmo||Community Services Coordinator/Community Schools Initiative, City of San Pablo|
|Tyler Hester||Teach for America|
|Zulema Inai||Literacy Lab|
*Members who are part of the Steering Committee
In West Contra Costa (WCC) County, an average of 26% of third graders are on track in ELA SBAC Assessment test scores. This means that an average of 1 in 4 third graders is reading on grade level. In some elementary schools in Richmond, only 5% of third graders are reading on grade level.