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Early Childhood in Rural North Carolina: Assessing Rural Communities on Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance Work Group on Early Childhood
Excerpt: "Prior to third grade, children learn to read; after this critical transition, they read to learn. Reading proficiency by this time is an important predictor of future academic and other success. Third grade reading proficiency is achievable with policies and practices that reflect the science showing that reading is a cumulative process that develops from birth and is rooted in early brain development. Research shows that improving third grade reading takes a coordinated birth-through age-eight approach that focuses on children’s health and development, families and communities, and high-quality learning environments with regular attendance. When children are healthy, develop on track, live in supported and supportive families and communities, and receive high quality education, they are more likely not only to read on grade level by third grade, but to have overall child well-being and a brighter future..."