Understand the Need
Did you know?
- More than half of U.S. public school students live in low-income households.1
- In some of the lowest income neighborhoods, there is just one book for every 300 children.2
- Two-thirds of children from low-income families lack access to books.3
- 79 percent of fourth graders from low-income households do not read proficiently – a key predictor of a child’s future educational and economic success.4
- Poor educational outcomes are tied to poverty, unemployment, illness, dependence on welfare, social exclusion and crime.5
Get the Facts
In low-income households, schools and communities, books and educational resources are scarce. Kids start school behind and often never catch up. Their educational and economic prospects suffer, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Be Part of the Solution
Educational equity can only be achieved when educators and kids have the resources they need to succeed. From books to backpacks, technology to toothpaste, First Book delivers critical tools for learning and for life.
2. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, 2006
3. National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013
4. Annie E. Casey, Kids Count, 2014
5. World Literacy Foundation, 2012