Nearly 50 percent of the children in Macon County are not prepared for kindergarten. They lack the capability to recognize letters and sounds, are unable to tell you the color of their shirt or what shape is on the table, and are ill-prepared and lack basic vocabulary. With children entering the school system already behind, by third grade they are far behind the state mandate to have every child reading on or above grade level. Those children will have to spend a good portion of their educational career playing catch-up, and some may never reach that point.
One important tool that has been statistically proven to enhance a child's learning and increase proficiency is early literacy. Children who learn to read at an early age are proven to do better after entering school.