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Promoting Early Literacy for a Better America

Published: April 27, 2015

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that there is a literacy crisis in the United States. Maybe you’ve read it in articles, heard it at a conference on education, or even have your own students struggling to learn the English language. But what does that really mean? How many people are affected?

If you do a quick search, the resulting statistics are overwhelming. Here are just a few of the shocking numbers I came across during my *research:

  • 32 million U.S. adults cannot read
  • 21% of adults read below a 5th grade level
  • 19% of high school graduates cannot read
  • Over 3 million students drop out of high school every year
  • 75% of US crimes are committed by a high school dropout
  • 17.6% of dropouts are Hispanic, 9.6% are African American, 5.2% are White, and 2.1% are Asian American
Illiteracy is linked to everything from poverty, unemployment, and crime to gaps between majority and minority students, gaps in college-enrollment, and the well-being and success of our entire society! We are all affected.

So how do we prevent it? We can start by teaching young children to speak, read, and write Standard English before they become one of these staggering statistics.

GrapeSEED Promotes Literacy Growth in Children!

GrapeSEED teaches all English learners, including English Language Learners (ELL) students, English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and other Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students and struggling readers, to communicate effectively using Standard English. Designed for children ages 4-12, GrapeSEED keeps students engaged through repeated exposure to songs, stories, chants, big books, poems, and action activities . These materials build meaning behind the text to help children understand what they are hearing, saying, and reading. 

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Independent studies have proven GrapeSEED has a powerful impact on academic results and literacy growth in young children. GrapeSEED helps schools narrow the achievement gaps between majority and minority populations, as well as decrease the dropout rate.

Contact us to learn more about GrapeSEED  and how it can help your students.

*Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Literacy, Education Week and Children Trends Database.

Erin Reeder

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