CHILDREN LITERACY IS IN CRISIS
America’s literacy crisis has reached epidemic proportions, with millions of children affected each and every year by a never-ending cycle of educational disadvantage. By the age of 3, children from low-income homes have a 30 million word gap when compared to children from wealthier homes. As a result, these children typically enter grade school with an issue in reading proficiency; by the time they reach 4th grade, 47% are reading below the basic level. Even worse, during summer months, more than 80% of these children lose reading skills because they lack access to learning resources and enrichment opportunities. Over time, this summer learning slide can add up to the equivalent of 3 years of reading loss by the end of 5th grade. (National Center for Education Statistics).
During the first 3 years of elementary school, learning and mastering basic reading skills is critical. This is the foundation for more advanced curriculum. Subpar reading skills will lead to a lack of academic achievement, which is a key reason that students drop out of high school. According to a 2011 article in Education Week, more than 8,000 students quit high school daily. This act ultimately placed limits on their financial potential, and ability to become strong and passionate members of the workforce and their communities.
When children build a strong reading foundation in elementary, they are able to stay on track to remain in school, graduate and pursue post-secondary education and training to successfully transition into adulthood. This is why we are dedicated to ensuring that all 20M US elementary students from low-income homes have the ability to improve their reading skills through our programs and services. As a result, we drastically significantly reduce, and even eliminate, the cost of our programs and services within organizations that serve elementary students from low-income communities. We are able to accomplish this by dedicating 30% of the revenue generated from full-rate paying communities to fund our efforts.
Help us ensure that every student from a low-income home has the ability to choose and walk powerfully into their best life by improve their reading, learning, and thinking skills. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.