Children from professional families have heard 30 million more words by the time they are three years old than those from families in poverty.
In Oregon, nearly 1/3 of third graders are not reading at grade level by third grade.
Students who are not proficient readers by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
For 85-90% of poor readers, intervention and support programs implemented before 3rd grade can increase reading skills to average grade levels.
Children spend 15% of their lives from age five to age 16 in school and 85% with families parents and communities.
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