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Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation

2012

This revised study finds that students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave without a diploma than proficient readers. It is notable in breaking down for the first time the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences. It also updates a 2011 research brief with new data on graduation rates for students living in concentrated poverty.

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Linking Home-Based Child Care and State-Funded Preschool: The Community Connections Preschool Program

2011

This report describes an evaluation of the Community Connections preschool program model, which incorporates classroom-based and home provider-based elements.

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Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

2014

Children who are proficient readers by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and to be economically successful in adulthood. This KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families and 66 percent of all fourth-graders are not reading at grade level. While improvements have been made in the past decade, reading proficiency levels remain low. Given the critical nature of reading to children’s individual achievement and the nation’s future economic success, the Casey Foundation offers recommendations for communities and policymakers to support early reading. Early reading proficiency rates for the nation and each state are provided.

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The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success

2013

This KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child’s early development from birth through age 8 is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. To prepare all of America’s children to succeed, this document sets forth broad policy recommendations. This policy report also features data on early childhood development for every state, the District of Columbia and the nation.

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Early Warning Confirmed: Executive Summary of a Research Update on Third-Grade Reading

2013

This executive summary reviews updated research on early-grade reading proficiency in the United States. A follow up to a 2010 KIDS COUNT special essay, "Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters," this 2013 research report supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences.

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Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading

2013

Updated research in this report underscores the urgency of ensuring that children develop proficient reading skills by the end of third grade, especially those living in poverty or in impoverished communities. A follow up to 2010's "Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters," this report supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences, including how living in poor households and high-poverty neighborhoods contribute to racial disparities in literacy skills in America and how low achievement in reading impacts an individual’s future earning potential.

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Atlanta Civic Site: Climbing the Ladder of Reading Proficiency

2012

This report tells how a group of parents, educators, community-based service providers, funders, and education experts created the Dunbar Learning Complex with the goal of permanently changing the path of children living in poverty. It also shares the impact of those efforts on children and their parents, two years later.

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