According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children introduced to reading at an early age tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age. Reading, rhyming, singing, and talking — beginning from birth — profoundly influence literacy and language development, the foundations for all other learning.
Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to learn to read. Children who enter school with these skills have an advantage that carries with them throughout their school years. However, more than 1 in 3 American children enter kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read.
In Kansas City’s lowest income neighborhoods, research estimates only one book is owned, in the home, per 300 children. Turn the Page KC increases access to books for all children by providing books to schools, out-of-school settings (after-school programs, etc.), and early childhood programs.