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DentaQuest Foundation Announces Partnership with Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The More Hopeful Futures Initiative commits to putting at least 50,000 more children on the path to becoming proficient readers in third grade by 2018.

The More Hopeful Futures Initiative will be the next phase of a decade-long effort to increase reading proficiency among children from low-income families. Over the next three years, the planned pre-launch activities will reach at least 50,000 children with an enhanced package of screenings and supports designed to accelerate ongoing efforts to improve school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.

Oral health is one factor that affects absenteeism, learning, and ultimately, school success. As a Commission Member for the More Hopeful Futures Initiative, the DentaQuest Foundation will be part of a broad range of individuals and organizations from diverse industries that will provide expert guidance on some of the factors outside of school that can affect achievement. Commission members will share knowledge and resources and inform resource allocation and integration decisions, provide counsel on the ongoing development of the More Hopeful Futures Initiative, and serve as co-conveners of commons enterprise learning networks to promote information sharing, resource alignment and collaboration.

“Our work going forward, including More Hopeful Futures, draws heavily on the experience, lessons and insights of the civic leaders and public officials who have mobilized their communities and the state and local funders who have supported the work,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.”

About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Launched in May 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that many more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. 

About Clinton Global Initiative America

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 400 commitments, which have improved the lives of nearly 1.4 million people.

CGI also convenes an Annual Meeting, which brings together global leaders to take action and create positive social change, CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI will also convene CGI Middle East & Africa, which will bring together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow them on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

About the DentaQuest Foundation

The DentaQuest Foundation is the leading U.S. philanthropy focused solely on oral health. The DentaQuest Foundation is supporting the development of the Oral Health 2020 network across the nation, a group of partners committed to working collectively at the national, state and community levels to eradicate dental disease in children and improve lifelong oral health. The DentaQuest Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DentaQuest. To learn more, visit: http://dentaquestfoundation.org. Follow the DentaQuest Foundation on Twitter, @OralHealth2020, and visit our Facebook page.

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