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.

November 3, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Strategies for supporting nonprofits that provide early childhood education programs and services, especially which focus on early childhood literacy and reading at grade level by third grade.

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    The common issues in early childhood literacy.

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    Suggests ways you can invest in early childhood literacy programs .

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    Provides questions for discussion and references to find additional information and resources.

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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