Early Warning Confirmed, Executive Summary

A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading


New research confirms the earlier findings the reading by 3rd grade impacts the future of kids and intensifies the urgency around getting kids of color to read proficiently.

February 6, 2013

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Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds

News Release

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up — but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills.

November 4, 2013

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Iowa Celebrates Attendance Awareness Month

Blog Post

Learn about Up, Up, and Attend — the super-hero themed attendance awareness campaign that is being used in Grade-Level Reading (GLR) communities throughout the United States.

October 1, 2013

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Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot


Although reading proficiency rates have improved for most demographic groups over the past decade, large disparities still exist. This KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot provides an update on how fourth graders are faring in reading. 

January 29, 2014

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