Studies show that educational achievement gaps already exist at Kindergarten entry.  Children from low-income families are more likely to start school with limited language skills, health problems and social and emotional problems that interfere with learning.  The larger the gap at school entry, the harder it is to close.

Language proficiency is a key predictor of school success. Early literacy skills (size of vocabulary, recognizing letters, understanding letter and sound relationships) at kindergarten entry are good predictors of children's reading abilities throughout their educational careers. Language and literacy skills enable children to develop cognitive skills and knowledge and to interact effectively with peers and adults.



Family Voices

Families Voices is comprised of families from throughout the United States who have children with special health needs as well as caregivers, professionals, and friends whose lives have been touched by these children and their families.


Yale Child Study Center

The Yale Child Study Center provides information and research children�s issues and offers clinical services on a broad range of children�s special health needs.


The Build Initiative is a multi-state partnership that ensures that children from birth through age five are safe, happy and eager to learn and succeed in school







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