More than 80% of low-income childcare centers lack age-appropriate books.Only 50% of children in low-income areas are read aloud to on a daily basis. One in three children enter kindergarten lacking basic pre-literacy skills. Two-thirds of fourth graders cannot read proficiently. Two-thirds of low-income families have no age-appropriate books at home. Most low-income childcare centers and preschools lack age-appropriate books. Many parents do not understand the critical importance of reading.
Through Bring Me A Book, the Bookcase Library Program provides bookcases of age-appropriate, culturally diverse, hardback books to children in underserved communities. These libraries are placed at our partner organizations: White Shield & Morrison Family Services.
An independent study found that with this program parents spent twice as much time reading to their children and Children's early literacy skills improved significantly!