Did you know...

  • In California, only 45% of third graders are reading at grade-level proficiency. Most students who fail to reach this critical milestone falter in later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.
  • Low-income children hear as many as 30 MILLION fewer words than their more affluent peers.
  • 61 PERCENT of low-income children have no children’s books at home.
  • Low-income students lose an average of more than TWO MONTHS in reading achievement in the summer, while their middle-income peers tend to make gains in reading.
  • Kindergarteners who miss 10 PERCENT of school days have lower academic performance when they reach first grade. Reading scores for Latino children were most seriously affected.

Source: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and National Summer Learning Association