Early Literacy Facts

In 2007, only 55 percent of three- to five-year-old children (who had not yet entered kindergarten) were read to every day.

Young children who are regularly read to have a larger vocabulary, higher levels of phonological, letter name, and sound awareness, and better success at decoding words.

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By age three, children in more affluent families will have heard 30 million more words, on average, than children in low-income families.

Children’s vocabulary development by age three has been shown to predict school achievement in third grade.

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If identified early and given research-based intervention, 90 to 95 percent of children “at risk” for reading failure will become fluent readers.

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