Did You Know?

  • Reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school.
  • 35% of children arrive at kindergarten unprepared to learn (11% for York County).
  • The most critical predictor of eventual high school graduation and career success is a child’s reading proficiency by the third grade; however, 80% of children living below the poverty line do not develop this proficiency.
  • One of the factors taken into consideration for building new prisons is based in part on the number of second graders not reading at second grade level.
  • Low literacy is the socioeconomic factor prison inmates have most in common.
  • Studies show that children entering kindergarten may have as much of a vocabulary gap as eight years. That is because a child who has not been read aloud to may have limited vocabulary of a two-year-old, while a child who has been read aloud to every day may have the vocabulary of a 10-year-old.
  • The average middle-income child has 100 hours of being read aloud to as compared to 25 hours for low-income children.
  • 40% of America’s fourth graders read below the basic level on national reading assessments.
  • Academic failure in late elementary school results in increased risk for substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout and violence.

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