Working to ensure that children in Massachusetts have access to high-quality early education and become proficient readers by the end of third grade
Research is clear. Children’s ability to read proficiently by the end of third grade strongly predicts their chances of success in school and beyond. Yet 39% of Massachusetts third graders—including 60% from low-income families—read below grade level. Strategies for Children works to turn this around through its statewide policy and advocacy arm, the pioneering Early Education for All Campaign; and the 10-year reading proficiency campaign launched in 2010 with the release of the SFC-commissioned report "Turning the Page: Refocusing Massachusetts for Reading Success." Unless we close the state’s wide and persistent achievement gap, our innovation-based economy will lack the pipeline of skilled, well-educated workers it demands. The gap is evident long before children start school. Closing it must begin in early childhood.
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