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KRUSE REPORT: The Importance of Early Childhood Education
Start Date: 1/28/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/28/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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By State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn)

Involving the family in education is pivotal to ensuring children succeed in school, but families can give their children a head start on learning even before kindergarten. A child learns more between birth and age two than during any other period of life, which makes parents among the most important educators.

Studies show the two most important indicators of future academic success are parents who read to their children and homes that have accessible books for children to read. This combination of reading exposure and availability of books gives young children a much higher chance to succeed later in school.

Children age two and under who listen to or talk about stories train their brain, ears and eyes for future reading achievement. This prepares children to stay ahead in school, while unprepared students need significant time and effort to catch up. Research shows that school districts may spend twice as much on a student who is behind academically as they do on one who is on schedule.

Despite the difficulties in getting all children up to the necessary reading level, Indiana has some examples of stellar remediation programs. A program in Richmond called Every Child Can Read enables students who do not pass state required ISTEP+ or I-READ tests to enroll in a four-week summer course. This course consistently raises students’ reading and writing scores by at least 50 percent and achieves 93 percent annual attendance. Results also show that the average student enrolled in the program gained 23.65 points a year later on ISTEP+, while other students lost 4.73 points on the same test.

Every Child Can Read may be a model for other schools around the state looking to boost students’ reading levels. If you’re aware of other successful remediation programs in our schools, I encourage you to share them with me and other state leaders so we can pass on the information to school officials in other parts of Indiana.

And remember: It is never too early or too late to start reading to your child. Exposing children to books at an early age can advance literacy development and make reading an enjoyable experience that parents and children can share.

I encourage you to visit The Children’s Reading Foundation and read to your child for 20 minutes every day. It may be one of the most important gifts you could give. What do you think?

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
Email: tlytwyn@iga.in.gov
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