Mrs. Barbara Bush’s advice, “Let your children see you read,” is realized through our family literacy programs. We teach reading to parents, pre-reading to preschoolers and reading to early elementary children.
The Stark Reality: Globally, the United States is falling dramatically behind in literacy skills. One in four adults cannot read above a 5th grade level, and research shows the single greatest indicator of a child’s future success is the literacy level of his or her parents.
The Barbara Bush Foundation empowers families and improves futures by encouraging the pursuit of learning at any age.
Toddlers and preschoolers enrolled in our family literacy programs are prepared to start school ready for academic success.
Parents have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma or to master English and learn alongside their preschool-age children.
• A child from a highly educated family will experience 30 million more words by the age of three than a child from a low-literate home.
• Almost half of all children born to a mother lacking a high school diploma are not ready to start kindergarten.
• Students who do not read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma.
• 90% of preschool children who enter our programs at the lowest literacy levels end the school year on par with their peers and ready to enter kindergarten.
• Parents enrolled in Barbara Bush Foundation family literacy programs, on average, improve their literacy skills by 2 grade levels in one year.