on grade-level reading is a critical resource for the Campaign and its partners. Much of the Campaign’s work is driven by the research and recommendations in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2010 KIDS COUNT Special Report, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters.
In addition, Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. confirms that students who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. Poverty compounds the problem, both in terms of family income and for children who are growing up in concentrated poverty.
Students not reading well in third grade are 4 times more likely to drop out.
More than 100 federal funding sources can support early literacy programs.
State Early Literacy Advisory Councils are developing early childhood systems.
Talking and reading to very young children build skills for reading success.