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Teresa & Joel Kaplan
309 Yoakum Parkway #706
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Phone: 703-461-3166      Cell: 703-346-2672
tjkaplan2011@yahoo.com   jsuperk2008@hotmail.com


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  • The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to prior to beginning school. - National Commission on Reading

  • By age 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language skills, comprehension, larger vocabularies, and cognitive skills than their peers. - Childhood Development 2006


  • By age 3, there is a 30 million word-gap heard by children from affluent families and poorer families.
    - From a study by psychologists Betty Hart & Todd H. Ridley


  • 61% of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. Reading Literacy in the U.S.

  • In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 1 for every 300 children. - Handbook of Early Literacy, Volume 2

  • 34% of children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills to read.

  • Children who struggle in vain with reading in the first grade, soon decide they neither like nor want to read. - Mueller 1998

  • Beginning to read.com 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up as school dropouts, incarcerated, and/or on welfare. -

  • The most serious problem with literacy campaigns is that they ignore the real problem: The lack of access to books. - Krashew 2009