Who We Are

Reading into Success

Reading into Success is a local collaboration working to ensure children read proficiently by the end of third grade by leveraging the assets of the entire community. This work is being done through five targeted strategy areas and across the four area metro school districts: Cedar Rapids Community, College Community, Linn-Mar Community, and Marion Independent.

Launched in 2015, Reading into Success completed a Community Solution Action Plan (CSAP) to submit to the national Campaign. Serving as our application into the Campaign, the CSAP outlines the following information about the state of our community, the changes we want to make, and how we plan to achieve these changes.


Cedar Rapids is not alone in this work. In order to leverage national research and experience, Reading into Success is part of the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The Campaign is a nationwide network of over 230 communities, policy makers, and organizations working to increase the number of children reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Lead by the Annie E Casey Foundation, the Campaign provides communities with the structure, research, and guidance to address grade level reading in the earliest years of a student’s school career.


Reading into Success is fortunate to exist in a generous community, known for its support of young children. Many organizations from all across the community provide time, expertise and dedication to make Reading into Success happen. Understanding that working together can impact many more than any one of us acting alone, we are collaborating to provide the best possible outcomes for our youth.

Cedar Rapids Comm. School District
Cedar Rapids Police Department
Cedar Rapids Public Library
College Comm. School District
Early Childhood Iowa
Eastern Iowa Health Center
Four Oaks
Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library
Friends of the Marion Public Library
Gazette Companies

Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Greater Cedar Rapids Comm. Foundation
HACAP-First Five
HACAP-Head Start & Early HS
HACAP-PACES to Quality
Hiawatha Public Library
Jane Boyd
Kids on Course
KidsPoint Child Care

Linn-Mar Comm. School District
Marion Independent School District
Marion Public Library
Parent Education Consortium (PEC)
Rockwell Collins Day Academy
Tanager Place
United Way of East Central Iowa
Youth Achievement AmeriCorps