Did you know?
One in six children who do not read proficiently by third grade will not graduate from high school, a rate four times greater than for proficient readers.
Children who read well do better in other subjects, and in all aspects of school and beyond.
Third grade literacy is a key predictor of teen pregnancy among girls.
Reading skills correspond directly to one’s ability to be an informed citizen, communicate effectively, earn a higher salary, and succeed in one’s chosen career.
By age 3, children from affluent households hear about 500,000 encouragements and 80,000 discouragements. In low income households, the ratio is reversed: 80,000 encouragements and 200,000 discouragements.
Children from low income homes enter kindergarten having heard 30 million fewer words than affluent children.
If you read one book per month for 12 straight months, you will be in the top 25 percentile of the world's intellectuals.
Texas uses third grade reading scores to estimate the number of new prison cells to construct.
Research shows children have a better chance of becoming fully literate adults if reading is encouraged in the home.
By the age of 5 children from low income homes enter kindergarten 95 percent behind affluent children in vocabulary and language skills.
Studies show beyond dispute that children's achievements in school improves with increased parent involvement in education.
It is estimated that the cost of illiteracy to business and the taxpayer is $20 billion per year.
Having a parent or other caring person read aloud with their children helps children learn listening skills, vocabulary and language skills, as well as develop imagination and creativity.
21 million Americans can't read at all, 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can't read their diplomas.
Simple things like reading and telling stories to a child at 18 months are powerful stimuli for brain development in the early years.
Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.
Research indicates children with early exposure to books and reading are better at performing mathematical tasks.
85% of juvenile defenders are illiterate.
Establishing a culture of learning encourages an exchange of ideas, enriches family relationships, and bolsters confidence and independent thinking.
80% of low-income children are not reading on grade level by the fourth grade.
Students participating in a high quality after-school program went to school more, behaved better, received better grades and did better on tests compared to non-participating students.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University concluded that two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth results from unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
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