There’s an old adage:
“Kids learn to read up until 3rd grade. After 3rd grade kids read to learn.”
This saying is based on years of research.
Data from Advance Illinois, a statewide education advocacy group states that “Research shows that low-income students hear 30 million fewer words than their wealthier peers by age 3, and students with access to high quality early education and kindergarten programs are better equipped to succeed in elementary school.”
Further, state data shows that here in McLean County, over 330 three and four year old, low income students (over 25%) don’t have access to public pre-K due to inadequate space.
Further, our local Promise Councils indicate that as many as 1 in 3 kids in McLean County are living in poverty!