Detroit Early Childhood Education

313Reads is a collective impact coalition dedicated to increasing access to literacy support for young children in Detroit with the goal of every child reading at grade level by grade three. We do this by working with city-wide partners while focusing on literacy access, equity, and justice. We are the Detroit chapter of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading and have partnerships ranging from local to national. We do not work with families directly; instead we are the organizing body that coordinates collective impact efforts among organizations based on democratic decision making.

We operate with the basic understanding that Detroit children, families, community members, and community organizations are brilliant and can do anything when we have access to high quality opportunities, resources, and support. The unacceptable literacy inequities that impact our children are the product of systems that reproduce inequitable distributions of opportunities, resources, and supports. Our collective impact network is committed to addressing systemic inequities through the levers of Early Language and Literacy, Summer and Out-of-School Time Learning, and Early Childhood Enrollment and Attendance.

For more information on Poverty Solutions’ role with this program, contact Project Manager Natalie Peterson at

313Reads overview

  • Attendance Works,
  • Black Family Development, Inc.,
  • Brainiacs Clubhouse,
  • Brightmoor Alliance,
  • Brilliant Detroit,
  • Center for Success,
  • Community Education Commission,
  • Detroit 90/90,
  • Detroit Historic Development Corporation,
  • Detroit Parent Network,
  • Detroit Parks and Recreation,
  • Detroit Public Libraries,
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District,
  • Developing K.I.D.S.,
  • Grand Valley State University,
  • Great Start Collaborative Wayne County,
  • Michigan State University,
  • Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan,
  • Say and Play,
  • Soar Detroit,
  • Starfish Family Services,
  • The Skillman Foundation,
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan,
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiative,
  • Wayne Metro Community Alliance Action Agency,
  • Wayne State University College of Education,
  • Wellspring, and
  • Youth Development Resource Center.