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ReadingPals Program Helping Kids Develop Reading Skills Through Practice

May 29, 2017

From birth through third grade, children learn critical literacy skills; reading, writing and speaking. After third grade, children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Furthermore, there is a striking disparity in access to books at home between children of middle- and low-income households; the average middle-income home has 54 age-appropriate books for children, while a low-income home has 0-2. 

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