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Startling Statistics

When children don’t have access to books or have family members regularly read aloud to them, their reading scores dive far below the national average. By the time they’re 3 years old, children from low-income families have been exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more affluent counterparts. (Hart and Risley, 2003)
  • A child's brain doubles in size the first year and by age 3 it has reached 80% of its adult volume. (Center on the Developing Child, 2009) 
  • 34 percent of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills needed to learn how to read. (Council on Early Childhood, 2014) 
  • One in six children who are not reading proficiently in the third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers. (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010)
  • Children’s academic successes at ages 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of talk they hear from birth through age 3. (Hart and Risley, 2003)

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Please make checks payable to:
The School District of Janesville. Attn: Early Literacy Task Force
527 S. Franklin St, Janesville, WI 53548