Students who are ready for kindergarten and attend the first day of school are more likely to read on grade level by 3rd grade. They are more likely to regularly attend school, and less likely to drop out in high school. Starting them on the first day will also help them make friends and help them be ready to learn.
Five years ago, Allegheny County schools were struggling with very low registration rates, but as a result of these efforts, on-time kindergarten registration for 2014-15 reached an impressive 90% — reaping community savings, as a recent study indicates that every dollar spent on these early efforts results in savings of $17 in later costly remedial interventions. This initiative has been highlighted nationally and is being replicated in communities across the state.
You can help by volunteering your time or providing funding to support parent engagement and training, public awareness, school district partnerships and the recruitment, screening and support of caring adult reading mentors.
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