Ensuring Success for Young Children

Early Childhood Literacy

By The Annie E. Casey Foundation

November 3, 2008


Research shows that reading abilities in third grade act as a tell-tale barometer for later school success. Children who read at grade level in the third grade are more likely to graduate high school, and then either pursue further education or get a job. Whether you already fund programs that address early childhood literacy, or are thinking of doing so, the guide will spark your thinking and deepen your understanding of effective strategies to support nonprofits that prepare young children for success in school – and life.

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Key Takeaway

In 2005, only 31% of children entering 4th grade read at a “proficient” or better level.

Research shows that a child's reading proficiency at the end of third grade is one of the most powerful indicators of future academic succes.

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