For every $3 donation: One child takes home a brand new book and one parent enrolls in an entire year of weekly emails and text messages - proven to increase parent reading engagement and child reading skills. Give children the preschool vocabulary they need to succeed through high school graduation. Donate to close the achievement gap before it starts.
Four years old is too late to close the achievement gap. A child born into a high-income home will learn 1,100 words by preschool, while a child born into a low-income home will learn only 500 words. This 600-word deficit becomes a 15,000 word deficit by high school, leaving low-income children 4 years behind and 5 times less likely to graduate. No elementary, middle or high school intervention has ever closed the preschool readiness gap or achievement gap because reading must start from birth.
Preschool vocabulary is the most accurate predictor of whether or not a child will graduate from high school on time. This is true regardless of household income, parent education, access to quality schools or environmental factors. We donate books and send weekly literacy emails and text messages that make it easy for working parents to teach vocabulary in just 5 minutes a day. Donate to give children the preschool vocabulary they need to succeed through high school graduation.
Household income should not prevent a child from reaching their full potential. We build home libraries and empower parents to teach vocabulary every day from birth. Join us to close the preschool readiness gap and subsequent achievement gap for at-risk children in NYC. Help children (age 0 - 5) learn the foundational reading skills they need to graduate from high school on time. Donate to make story time and equal opportunity possible for the children who need it most.