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Success in School: Creating Lifelong Learners
Did you know that only about one third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading? By fourth grade, if children can't read at grade level, they're unlikely to ever catch up.
The outcome is even more alarming if the struggling readers happen to be among the 16 million children living in poverty across America, whose only hope at a brighter future is through education. Half of all low-income fourth-graders score below basic levels on literacy assessments. And yet, more than 60% of low-income families can't afford to have books in their homes.
Let the Lifelong Love of Learning Begin
We know that fostering a love of learning early on is key to ensuring our children's success in school and life. That's why we offer effective school-based programs to disadvantaged students right here in the United States. Our literacy program and expanded curriculum in science and math help children from kindergarten through sixth grade stay on track developmentally and grow as readers and learners.
Kids really do say the darndest things, about reading. We asked children in our literacy programs why they love a good book:
Learn more about Save the Children’s work in the United States.