One in three Pottawattamie County fourth graders can’t read proficiently. Studies show that a child who can’t read proficiently is likely to fall behind. School becomes frustrating and there’s a one in four chance that child won’t graduate high school.
Studies of brain development show literacy efforts are most effective when they begin much earlier than when children enter school. Raise Me to Read aims to engage and mobilize the community to support early learning for children ages birth to 8.
Our vision is for children to begin school prepared and eager to learn – increasing their chances of success in school, work and life. Parents will feel supported in their role as their child’s first teacher; and the community will understand how to support literacy and early learning.
Children who enter school with early skills, such as a basic knowledge of math and reading, are more likely than their peers to experience academic success, attain higher levels of education and secure employment.
Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers.
Research shows that missing just two days a month, excused or unexcused, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or will be held back.