Literacy makes people more productive, qualified for better jobs, and able to understand formal labor contracts.
Literate people are more likely to vote and have increased status, confidence and influence in their communities.
Literacy gives people access to health information, making them 1.5 - 3 times less likely to experience many negative health outcomes.
Literacy opens up an ever-growing realm of digital education and employment.
Many low-income and English Language Learner children start school far behind and never catch up. Many dyslexic children fall behind, without appropriate screening and intervention.
Poor reading hurts low-income and minority children and feeds a vicious cycle of limited educational opportunity and economic achievement.
Up to 80% of inmates in some US prisons may be functionally illiterate, making it difficult for them to find jobs after prison.
Every $1 spent on Pre-K for low-income children creates $7 in later benefits. Our ROI will be even higher.