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Quick Family Literacy Facts

Why is it important that our community focus on early childhood literacy and parent education?

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- Schools deliver 85% of their curriculum using printed words in books, digitized words on computer screens, and written words on chalkboards.  Reading is the most fundamental skill kids will use during their 12-20 years of education. (www.readingfoundation.org)

- Nationally, 4 in 10 preschoolers, 5 in 10 toddlers, and 6 in 10 babies are not read to regularly.  (The Commonwealth Fund Survey of Parents with Young Children)

- Research tells us that children who are read to regularly at home hear twice as many words every year and have a third larger vocabulary by age three than children who are not read to. (Hart & Risley, 1995)

- Not only do children who are read to regularly develop greater reading ability, they also receive higher scores in subjects like math and science.

- Studies show that when undereducated parents are given books for their children, they are four times more likely to read to their toddlers and preschoolers. (Promoting Literacy, American Journal of Disease of Children, 1991)

- There are currently 26 million children living in poverty in the United States. (www.firstbook.org)

- By the time they enter first grade, children from low-income families have been exposed to an average of only 25 hours of one-on-one time compared to an average of 1,000 to 1,700 hours for children from middle-class families. (Adams, 1990)

- Among adults with the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty.  Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty. (www.firstbook.org)

- For every year parents read with their child, average lifetime earnings increase by $50,000.  A parent makes a $250,000 gift to their child from birth to age five just by reading to them daily. (www.readingfoundation.org)