A Governor’s Guide to Early Literacy: Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade

Governors can increase the number of children proficient in reading by third grade in their states by ensuring that their states’ efforts in early childhood and elementary education take account of three major and widely embraced results of educational research:
1) Starting at kindergarten is too late.
2) Reading proficiency requires three sets of interrelated skills and knowledge that are taught and cultivated over time.
3) Parents, primary caregivers, and teachers have the most influence on children’s language and literacy development.