Did You Know?
85-90% of brain development occurs in the first five years of life. This affects cognitive abilities as well as emotional development. ¹
Reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school. ²
The average middle-income child has 1,000 hours of being read aloud to as compared to 25 hours for low-income children. ³
Academic failure in late elementary school results in increased risk for substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout and violence. ¹¹
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. ¹²
Currently, 45 million Americans are functionally illiterate and cannot read above a fifth-grade level. ¹³
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