The Importance of Early literacy

Did you know that children’s brains develop faster in their first eight years than at any other point in their lives? Those years are such critical learning years – it’s when many kids are set on a path to a life of curiosity, continued learning, and success. 

For others, issues in our system block that path. For kids who don’t learn to read in those early years (specifically by third grade) their chances of dropping out of high school increase by four times. 

Stand for Children is working on clearing those roadblocks with the Early Literacy Success Initiative. Read our editorial on the importance of this legislation.

To get there, we need your support. Will you join us in asking lawmakers to fully fund House Bill 3198 to ensure Oregon kids all have the chance to learn to read?