This is how reading begins. Early literacy experiences—a baby playing peek-a-boo, a toddler finger painting, and a preschooler making up rhyming words—build the foundation for later reading and writing success.
Policymakers, researchers and educators are talking a lot about these early literacy skills. That’s because supporting children’s early literacy development is a critical to their future reading success. And children who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade are 4 times less likely to graduate from high school on time than proficient readers. In 2011, 68% of 4th graders not reading proficiently.
You can help children have the early literacy experiences they need to thrive. We’ve created an early literacy calendar (view a preview of the calendar) that describes 144 different activities to promote literacy that parents and caregivers can do with children. Your donation will allow us to provide these calendars at no-cost to families across the state.
This holiday season, give the gift of literacy. Every $100 donated will allow us to print 50 calendars to share at no-cost with North Carolina children and families. Help us reach our goal of distributing 5000 calendars.
We only have 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child begins kindergarten. 90% of critical brain development happens in that time. Your gift will help children build a strong foundation.