2 out of 5 children in America do not have access to early learning programs like preschool.
Yet most of a child’s brain is developed by age 5.
Nearly 1 in 5 children around the world are living in conflict zones.
The killing and abduction of children, as well as the targeting of schools and denial of humanitarian aid, are all on the rise around the world.
Children’s rights continue to be violated at the U.S. – Mexico border.
Vulnerable children are being held in custody longer than the legal limit, separated from their families, denied basic care and more.
When I began my first read aloud with the class, one student named Julio raised his hand and asked me what I was holding. When children aren’t given the tools to learn prior to kindergarten, they are then expected to retain all the information they might’ve missed in one year.
As many state legislative sessions wrap-up across the country, we’re taking a moment to recognize the many investments states have made in early childhood education.
Reading is powerful. It changes lives. It grows minds. That’s why I’m so excited to take part in Save the Children’s 100 Days of Reading campaign to help improve literacy for children across rural America.