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The importance of early childcare and education investing:

Partnership for America’s Economic Success http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_detail.aspx?id=328800

Zero to Three Initiative http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_abt_factsheet

National Women’s Law Center http://www.nwlc.org/childcare/

Harlem Children’s Zone http://www.hcz.org/

High-quality early learning programs for at-risk young children ages birth-to-five can significantly reduce crime and ultimately cut corrections costs by a quarter or more.  http://www.fightcrime.org/index.php

More than 1 out of every 3 adults nationally are low literate (National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003  http://nces.ed.gov/naal/index.asp


  • 85% of juveniles who come before a judge are low literate (US Dept. of Ed)
  • More than 56% of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write (NAAL, 2003)
  • Literacy is one of the strongest predictors of health status (American Medical Association, Health Literacy and Patient Safety, 2007)
  • At the beginning of kindergarten, children from a “literacy-rich” home environment (i.e., those who are read to, sung to and told stories to more frequently and those who have more children’s books, records/audiotapes/cds in the home) demonstrated higher reading knowledge and skills than other children.  This relationship existed whether their families’ income was above or below the federal poverty threshold.  SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Education, 2003.
  • Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years.  (NALS, 1992)

The importance of reading aloud to preschool children and providing high-quality literature:

“Researchers have shown that children of professional working parents enter kindergarten knowing twice as many words as children whose parents receive welfare.  Vocabulary is not just about word knowledge, but it is also your conceptual tool for understanding the world.  Poor vocabulary can get you into trouble in science and math.”

Suggested Sites to Find High-Quality Children’s Literature and Reading-Related Activities

Ready Reader volunteer Amanda Ehl’s blog at:  http://www.thatswhatiwantmychildtoread.blogspot.com

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy’s (CLEL) site at: http://www.storyblocks.org


Early Childhood Literacy Consultant, Saroj Ghoting’s site at: http://www.earlylit.net