In my first year teaching at a local high school, I observed students who had made it to graduation only to walk across that stage at their graduation ceremony and receive a high school diploma even though they could not read.
Get books in the hands of kids early. (And since she is associated with Reading A-, that also means digital books.)
Study after study over the past couple of decades indicate that access to books in the home is critical to reading acquisition. If we are to address the basic needs of children even prior to entering formal schooling and level the playing field for them not starting behind from the get-go, we need to put books (or digital devices) in the hands of children and their parents and/or caregivers.
You know who can’t read? Students whose parents can’t read. Students who have not held a book before age 5. Students who arrive at kindergarten without knowing the names of letters and the sound-letter correspondence for at least a few letters.
You know who can’t read? Students whose teachers cannot teach systematic phonics because they lack materials and training. Students who thing “reading” is for filling in blanks.
You know who can’t read? High school students whose problems were never addressed before third grade. Inmates. Some high school graduates.
Sad, but true. We need to fix this.