Why does early learning matter?

Why does early learning matter?

Posted on March 10, 2015 by The Patterson Foundation

When it comes to reading on grade level by the end of third grade, you might wonder why early learning is so critical. How much information can babies absorb, anyway? Isn't reading every single day to a toddler a bit excessive? Isn't a great daycare and preschool enough?

Not only are the answers to these and other questions available, they're also pretty eyeopening.

Early learning is one of the keys to the future success of our community, region, nation and world. Starting March 11, The Patterson Foundation is sharing about this and more thanks to two education leaders in our region -- retired Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools Wilma Hamilton Delp and recently retired Manatee County Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Lynette Edwards --who will discuss the latest early-learning insights, including information from the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, during an event series. Free online registration is required to attend the events, to learn more about locations and availability: https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/WhyEarlyLearningMatters

Learning and Sharing with Our Community

When it comes to reading on grade level, the stakes are high. If you're not sure why, this clip is a great place to start. Sarasota and Manatee counties are part of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a network of 168+ communities changing the dismal reality of too many of our nation's children who fail to read on grade level by the end of third grade.

The Campaign, which The Patterson Foundation works with on a national level, too, is built around proven practices in Early Learning/School Readiness, Attendance and Summer Learning Loss. Our region already has people working hard —parents, early childcare providers, pediatric healthcare professionals, social workers, teachers—but there are gaps where efforts can be focused.

By learning what works, there may be opportunities for our community to work together to take steps toward lasting change. This kind of work is never easy -- lasting change doesn't happen at the flip of  a switch. Lasting change does take united efforts from caring people, nonprofits, businesses, government and media outlets.

We know our region wants the best for children and families because it's critical to the future success of our community. Every child deserves to live in a place where that care and support exists to help them thrive -- learning and sharing with each other is the first of many steps in a positive direction.

To learn more about this series and other Campaign for Grade-Level Reading community work, follow #GLReading on Twitter.


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