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 The National Reading Problem

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Kids Reading to Kids is a national program for character development and reading improvement. Based upon the unique Kids Reading to Kids methodology that centers on the concept that “The Power is in the Kids,” Kids Reading to Kids focuses on preparing kids for the learning experience by developing self-confidence and the inner drive to succeed.  Often improvement is dramatic and rapid.

Kids Reading to Kids provides a comprehensive training program for educators, parents and kids.

  The National Reading Problem  
The Challenge. It's quietly spoken among educators and policy makers at national and local levels -- reading skills of low income kids is a national tragedy that's not improving. Despite decades of investments in learning research and national reading programs, the nation is not meeting the challenge. Reading proficiency for low income and disadvantaged kids remains a national disgrace (88% of African-American and 86% of Hispanic fourth graders do not read at grade level). Reaching the "hard-to-reach" is not easy, and conventional reading programs have their place, but alone they are not sufficient.

A Typical Case Study. To understand the challenge of reading improvement for the hard-to-reach, consider this real-world school in Washington DC:

Student Profile School Challenge
bulletOnly 20% of kids reading at grade level
bullet87% of kids come from single parent families
bullet94% are in free or reduced-cost lunch programs
bulletLive in subsidized housing where 3 generation have lived with little change
bulletAbsenteeism is high
bulletStudents arrive conditioned to believe they will fail; and that they will be unable to learn because they are inferior
bulletStudent's enter the school system unprepared to learn
bulletBefore student's can begin to learn effectively, teachers must stimulate the child's spirit to enable them to be receptive to the learning process. Much of the first year can be absorbed in this process leaving the students even farther behind
bulletSchool is disadvantaged in terms of resources

To address this challenge, it takes more than a reading program; it takes a program that addresses all of the the factors that are essential for success. Character development as it applies to confidence building is an essential ingredient. Science tells us that a child's learning begins in the first year and vocabulary development begins at age 2. (See The Missing Link below).  A child's environment influences their learning much earlier than many parents recognize. Positive (and negative) messages are learned very early; and these messages impact future educational success. Kids Reading To Kids focuses on the "surroundings for success" that we believe are essential for meeting the challenge of the national reading problem.

 

  The Missing Link. Childhood development and nurturing that supports future learning is often neglected in the 1-4 year-old range. This Missing Link in Education is critical element for the "hard-to-reach" kids. By the time that kids enter pre-school they are already conditioned for failure. Parents and caregivers aren't always aware of the powerful difference they can make; and they have few tools to assist them. Importantly, as many as 1/3 of parents of hard-to-reach kids may have limited or no English language skills.

To address the Missing Link in Education, a program of outreach to parents, childcare and foster caregivers should make these messages clear:

bulletLearning development is critical long before pre-school; from birth to age four.
bullet"You" can create an environment that prepares your child for learning.
bullet"You" are the most important link to your child's learning success.

Importantly, if the nation is to meet the challenge, we must provide these parents and these hard-to-reach kids with the tools for success.

 

 
  The Role of Early Reading. Studies show that children who are read to, told stories or participate in arts/crafts in the Missing Link in Education age groups do better in grades 1-4. Proficiency of the reader is not an important factor -- any reader will have an impact. African-American and Hispanic children from low income families participate in these activities 20-40% less than other income levels.  
     

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