CHILD LITERACY IS IN CRISIS
America’s literacy crisis has reached epidemic proportions, with millions of children affected every year by a never-ending cycle of educational disadvantage. By the age of three, children from low-income homes have a 30 million word gap when compared to children from wealthier households. As a result, these children typically enter grade school with an issue in reading proficiency. By the time these children reach fourth grade, 47% are reading below the basic level. Worse still is that, 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 three years of reading loss by the end of fifth grade (National Center for Education Statistics).
During the first three years of elementary school, learning and mastering basic reading skills is critical, given that it serves as the foundation for more advanced curriculum. Sub-par reading skills will lead to a lack of academic achievement, which is a key reason why 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, places limits on their financial potential and ability to become healthy and passionate members of the workforce and in their communities.
When children build a strong reading foundation in elementary school, they can stay on track to remain in school, graduate, and pursue post-secondary education and training, which allows them to transition into adulthood successfully. This is why we are dedicated to ensuring that all 20M elementary students in the United States from low-income homes have the ability to improve their reading skills through our programs and services. As a result, we significantly reduce and even eliminate, program and service costs to organizations that serve elementary students from low-income communities. We are able to accomplish this by dedicating 30% of the revenue generated from our full-rate paying communities to fund this effort.
Help us ensure that every student from a low-income home has the ability to choose and walk powerfully into their best story by improving their reading, learning, and thinking proficiency. If you would like to chat more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.