If you guessed 18% you’re correct. This increase means that 2.4 million more children are living below the federal poverty line. Data also reveal that in 2010, 11% of children had at least one unemployed parent, and 4% were affected by foreclosure between 2007 and 2009.
Did you know that children begin their path to literacy as soon as they hear a human voice?
It’s essential that families promote a love of reading, writing and effective communication in the environment where a child learns first: her home. In fact, new research from Vanderbilt University shows that early support for literacy in the home, especially in combination with support from preschool teachers, can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition.
Why is this important?
Students who are above grade level for reading in grade 3 graduate and enroll in college at higher rates than students who are at or below grade level says a report to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Parents as Teachers shows you how to help encourage early literacy skills here.