The Issues

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has identified three vital factors that affect reading success.

  • School Readiness: As a community, we need to ensure parents and caregivers have the tools and information they need to prepare very young children for school. This means talking and singing to infants, playing and engaging toddlers, and working with preschoolers on developmental issues like self-control, as well as academic ones. Just as vital, children need books in their lives, and they need loving adults to read those books to them daily.
  • Summer Learning Loss: For many socio-economic reasons, low-income children often start school far behind their middle- and upper-income peers. They know fewer words, are exposed to fewer books and are less prepared for the demands of a structured school day.This achievement gap can narrow once children start school, but it often grows over the summer – when some children continue reading and learning while others don’t. By addressing summer learning loss with community programs for children and their families, we can close this gap.
  • School Attendance: It’s pretty logical – children won’t learn if they’re not at school. But some children miss much more school than others. And other children are chronically late, which can be nearly as damaging to their education.For young children, problems getting to school – every day, on time – may be a factor of family dynamics. Older students, who may have struggled to keep up with their peers in the early years, tend to give up. This can lead to chronic truancy and, eventually, dropping out.