Third-grade reading success matters. Seventy-four percent of children who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma, leaving them poorly prepared to obtain higher education, succeed in the economy, or enter military and civilian service. The disturbing reality, given the consequences? Over 80 percent of U.S. fourth-graders from low-income families are not proficient readers. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by funders, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more of these children meet that crucial milestone. The Campaign supports efforts to: create a seamless system of care, services and family supports for children, from birth through third grade; assure quality teaching for every child, in every setting, every day; address lack of school readiness, chronic absence, and summer learning loss among children from low-income families; and help parents succeed as their children’s teachers and advocates.