Join us as we honor our Founder, Barbara Bush. Together, we will continue the vital work she began and carry on her legacy of ensuring that every man, woman and child has the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy.
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Low-literacy skills are directly linked to higher unemployment, less earned income and poor health.
The result is a lack of social mobility and greater inequality for millions of families. With a workforce that is less academically prepared and skilled, the overall U.S. economy is negatively impacted.
A mother’s education is one of the primary indicators of a child’s academic success.
Less than 47% of children whose mothers did not complete high school are school ready, compared to 83% of children whose mothers have a bachelor’s degree.
Students who do not read proficiently by the 3rd grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma.
Low-literate parents often are unable to provide a stimulating learning environment for the children. This inequality in opportunity leads to an achievement gap that extends through elementary school and beyond.