Early learning is crucial to academic success later in life, particularly for children in low-income households.  By reading with a child, providing resources to your local library, or helping someone learn to read at a young age, you're preparing them for a lifetime of success. 


What can you do?

  • Help kids learn new words every day by talking, reading, and singing with them. It is never too early to start reading to a child.
  • Give a book to a child and read it with him/her.
  • Volunteer to teach someone how to read.
  • Volunteer to read a story at a local school, library, pediatric clinic, or other local organization. Consider donating a book to them, too.



Related Facts:

  • By age three, children in high-income homes hear nearly 30 million more words than children in low-income homes. (Source)
  • Children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. More than 70% of four year olds are not enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. (Source)
  • The more young children are read to, and read stories themselves, the greater their interest in reading and the better their ability to read. Reading aloud to children exposes them to new vocabulary, correct pronunciation, grammar and phrasing and helps them learn new words, develop their spoken language skills and increase their ability to express themselves verbally. (Source)
  • Reading to children helps them to hear words that they don’t normally encounter in daily conversation. (Source)
  • Children who are read to when they are young are more likely to do well in school. Reading aloud to children helps prepare them for school. (Source)
  • Almost 80% of a child’s brain develops before age 5. (Source)


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Related PBS Kids Apps

PBS Kids offers free and paid educational apps for children and even adults. The following apps encourage early literacy: 

PBS Parents Play and Learn
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