Being able to read is the key. A study by Drs. Betty Hart and Todd Risley at the University of Kansas showed that white-collar children reach kindergarten having heard 45 million words, whereas blue-collar children have only heard 26 million words and poverty-level children have heard only 13 million words. That is a 32 million word difference between the professional children and the poverty children. In the first 4 years of life the results were staggering. 35% of children enter kindergarten without the necessary skills to be successful students. (Read to Learn, a 1991 Carnegie Foundation report.)
There is a 90% probability that a child who is a poor reader in the first grade will be a poor reader in the fourth grade. (Nation’s Report Card 2003) stated that 40% of 4th graders and 31% of 8th graders are reading below basic skills level.
Our goal is to increase frequency and intention with which parents and care givers talk to their children, share books with their children and bring their children to the library.BRING YOUR CHILD TO STORYHOUR EVERY THURSDAY AT 10:30 AM.