Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: Learning Loss Recovery Challenge Fund

Host Organization: The Campaign for Grade-Level Readingmdi-circle-small Washington, DC, United States mdi-circle-small


The Learning Loss Recovery Challenge Fund (LLRC Fund) will underwrite the messaging and mobilization, technical assistance and strategic support needed to encourage, enable and equip local stakeholder coalitions to succeed as they step up and lean into saving a generation of children from the life-altering consequences of pandemic-precipitated learning loss.

Stakes are high for the millions of children impacted by school closures. The aptly named June 2020 McKinsey & Company report, COVID-19 and Student Learning in the United States: The Hurt Could Last a Lifetime, estimated that if in-class instruction did not resume until January 2021:

• All students will lose ground — from 3–4 to 12–14 months.
• Black and Hispanic students will lose 3–5 months more than white students. Low-income students will lose 12+ months.
• Up to 1.1 million students could drop out of high school for COVID-19-related reasons.
• These impacts will produce an estimated GDP loss of $173 billion to $271 billion per year.

SOURCE: McKinsey & Company

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About the Host

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) seeks to slow, stop and reverse the catastrophic learning loss brought on by closing schools to contain COVID-19. Launched a decade ago, CGLR works with communities to solve one of the major drivers of generational poverty — failure to read proficiently by the end of third grade.

Donations to CGLR are made through CGLR's fiscal sponsor, Foundations, Inc.

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