At the latest school board meeting, Paula Ledford and Nancy Cantrell sought the approval of board members for an Early Childhood Literacy Campaign that they wish to begin in this area.
Ledford and Cantrell presented research that indicates that 40% of children are not at the desired cognitive level when they reach kindergarten. Based on assessments created by a school board member in Washington state, student testing scores show that this trend is on the rise. This is why the Reading Foundation was created.
Ledford commented that if children begin school already behind in learning, then they will most likely remain behind throughout their educational careers. Therefore, according to Ledford, it is time to “catch the kids up before that learning gap gets worse.”