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School Readiness

Parents and caregivers play an enormous role in school readiness. The first five years of brain development establish the foundation of all future learning. Children who enter school with early skills, such as a basic knowledge of math and reading and a well-developed vocabulary, are better positioned for school success.

As early as 18 months old, children from asset-limited families begin to fall behind in vocabulary development and other skills critical for school success. By age 4, they are likely to have heard 30 million fewer words than their affluent peers. When children start school with this gap, they are less likely to do well academically, attain higher levels of education, and secure employment after school.

Physical health and wellness and the timely recognition of any developmental delays are also important factors in school readiness.

For more information on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s efforts to promote school readiness nationwide, please visit