Research has proven that reading with children from an early age has a positive impact on their reading and writing abilities, as well as increasing the likelihood that they will continue to read independently as they grow older. As a result, children who are read with regularly before kindergarten have a higher chance for success in school.
Children who grow up in low-income households, however, generally have less access to books in the home and are read with less often, on average, compared to their peers in wealthier households. As a result, these children face a high risk of falling behind in school early on, which increases their likelihood of dropping and limits their opportunities for success later in life.
The Same Page Foundation is not the only organization that recognizes the importance of early childhood literacy. There are countless organizations who are champions of the cause and provide a variety of important services to children and communities all over the world.
- Reading is Fundamental – an organization that offers content and resources geared towards improving and promoting childhood literacy, such as reading lists, activities, and check up lists to assess your child’s progress. Visit their site here: http://www.rif.org/
- Reach Out and Read – an organization that partners with medical professionals to educate parents and provide books to children during their routine check ups. Find a participating location near you on their site: http://www.reachoutandread.org/resource-center/find-a-program/
- Reading Rockets – A website that provides free resources about teaching children to read, helping those who struggle, and assessing their strengths and weaknesses. Visit their site here: http://www.readingrockets.org/
- Colorín Colorado – a website that offers research-based information, activities and advice for children growing up in bilingual families. Visit their site here: http://www.colorincolorado.org/
- Imagination Library – An organization that sends high-quality books to the homes of children in their program each month. Visit their site to sign your child up and receive access to a wealth of age-appropriate books: http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/
- Delaware County District Library – the Delaware County Library hosts a variety of events throughout the month aimed towards getting children involved and excited about reading. Also, a library card is a free, valuable resource to provide your child with the books they need. Visit their site here: http://delawarelibrary.org/