With your help, every child in Wake County can be inspired, equipped, and empowered to read… and succeed.

Reading proficiency by third grade is a key indicator that a child is on track to graduate from high school on time, college and career ready.

More than 33% of Wake County 3rd graders are not reading at grade level.

Poverty increases the risk – nationally, 80% of children in low-income households are not reading at grade level.


WAKE Up and Read is a community coalition made up of 30+ committed organizations working together toward one common goal — improving childhood literacy.


United behind a shared belief that literacy is a RIGHT for all, not a privilege for the advantaged, WAKE Up and Read is focused on connecting families, offering programs, and aligning services to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency and school success in Wake County.


Help us ensure that every student in Wake County is ready to succeed!






WAKE UP and Read is an affiliate of the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading.