Illiteracy is a drastic concern that impacts the United States. Covid has only made this existing crisis worse.
• 1 in 8 children growing up in America does not learn to read
• Students who are behind when they start kindergarten make up the largest portion of high-school dropouts.
• Students who grow up without seeing reading as a habit in their house struggle to develop healthy reading habits as adults. These students also grow up with 65% less access to age-appropriate books within their homes.
• Approximately 85% of those in the juvenile court system are classified as functionally illiterate and about 70% of inmates in U.S. prisons can’t read above a fourth-grade level.