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KIDS COUNTS: Community Schools Strategy Helps Kids Read by 4th Grade

05/19/10

The new Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNTS report, "EARLY WARNING! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters," points out that millions of students enter 4th grade below proficient in reading. This is especially the case for our low-income students.  Research tells us that reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child’s educational development. Failure to read proficiently is linked to higher rates of school dropout.  Community schools serve as a vehicle in helping identify, coordinate, and align resources and assets from the community, in a results-focused manner, to enable our youth to enter 4th grade ready to learn.

The report recommends using the community schools strategy to help kids read by the end of the 3rd grade, stating,"the community schools strategy bears mentioning as one of the most prevalent and successful approaches." It also points out that a huge part of ensuring that kids are reading is parent engagement. They are their children's first teachers.

Download the full KIDS COUNT Report and the executive summary now!

KIDS COUNTS: Community Schools Strategy Helps Kids Read by 4th Grade Young children whose parents read to them, tell them stories, or sing songs tend to develop larger vocabularies
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