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School Readiness

Too many children start school already far behind

Research shows that learning begins long before a child enters kindergarten. Children, even infants soak up words, rhymes, songs, and images. Vocabulary development is particularly important.

Just as there is an achievement gap in school performance, there is a school readiness gap that separates disadvantaged children from their more affluent peers. As early as 18 months, low-income children begin to fall behind in vocabulary development and other skills critical for school success. 

Parents play an enormous role in closing this gap, as do daycare providers, pediatricians, preschools programs, and the broader community. 

Did you know...?

  • 61 PERCENT of low-income children have no children’s books at home.
  • 30 MILLION Poor children hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers
  • AGE 2 – By age 2 poor children are already behind their peers in listening, counting, and other skills essential to literacy
  • AGE 3 - A child’s vocabulary as early as age 3 can predict third grade reading achievement

Read More - School Readiness Fact Sheet

Tahoe Truckee Reads supports school readiness:

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Kinder Camp - a 4 week kindergarten preparation camp open to all incoming kindergartners.

Readers Are Leaders media campaign

Scholastic Read and Rise Family Literacy Program - 14 parent trainers completed training in Fall 2013 and two, 6-week parent traininings have been offered.


First 5 California - When to start reading to your child?

The Challenge

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children nationwide miss this crucial milestone.

The goal of Tahoe Truckee Reads is to ensure that all children in our community are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. We want our children to have the tools they need to be successful in life.