After much prayer and research, the Christ Together Greater Austin leaders decided to focus on addressing the systemic problem of 3rd grade literacy. Leaders in education research for Central Texas identified 3rd grade literacy as one of four systemic problems facing our community. Research identified that from kindergarten to 3rd grade a child learns to read. From 3rd grade on a child reads to learn. If a child is behind grade level at the end of 3rd grade his/her academic and economic future is not promising.
With over 200 elementary schools located in Greater Austin, the need to reach every child is great. As a faith based community, we have an opportunity to partner a Church with each school, reading to children one-on-one, while supporting educators as they help children to learn and grow. So far, 280+ Churches, community organizations, and school partnerships have started in the Greater Austin area with hundreds of Literacy Partners and Mentors making an impact in the lives of children.
Education Connection is a part of Christ Together Greater Austin, specifically under “acts of service”.
Our mission is simple …every child reading by the end of 3rd grade.