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