Ensuring success for young children: Early childhood literacy

Research shows that reading abilities in third grade act as a tell-tale barometer for later school success, since children who read at grade level are more likely to graduate from high school. And those who graduate from high school are more likely to pursue further education or get a job. This discussion guide for small foundations explores strategies for supporting nonprofits that provide early childhood education programs and services, especially those that focus on early childhood literacy and reading at grade level by third grade.

This guide is part of the Investing Strategies To Serve Vulnerable Children series of discussion guides, is designed to provide clear and concise information to small foundations on strategies for supporting nonprofits that serve vulnerable children and families.