Early Literacy Means Options

Literacy connects children with opportunity. When children between 0-8 years old are exposed to reading in their homes and in their communities, they are better able to embrace academic challenges. This leads to a wider range of employment options later in life.

Literacy instruction begins at birth.

By the end of third grade, public schools shift focus from learning to read to reading to learn.

The Literacy Challenge in New York City

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The academic curriculum replaces reading instruction with math, social studies and science. Children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are destined to fall behind with little hope of catching up. A student living in poverty who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is 13x less likely to graduate than his/her proficient, wealthier peer. (Source: Donald Hernandez, “Study Reading Problems Can Flag Potential Dropouts”).

High School dropouts face chronic unemployment, dependence on public assistance and economic marginalization. When our children fall behind, we all bear the consequences.

Children from low-income families face an even bigger challenge. Last year, 70% of low-income third graders were not reading at grade level.  Why?

Every parent wants their child to succeed but families living in poverty face many compounding challenges. Literacy Inc.’s programs empower parents and families to become active partners to ensure their child’s academic success. The contrast between low and higher income families in their ability to promote literacy is real and significant.

Income and Reading Infographic

How LINC Helps