Did you know that childhood literacy is one of the biggest predictors of poverty for adults? A child’s ability to read will have a huge impact on their ability to navigate life, find employment, secure housing, and access services as an adult.
You’re probably asking as you read this; “this isn’t an issue in Canada, right?” The truth is it is a problem, and the problem is growing. Here are some facts:
- More than one million Canadian children have below-grade-level reading skills.
- 75% of children who don’t overcome early literacy challenges struggle throughout their lives.
- Almost half of working-age Albertans do not have the literacy skills to perform most jobs in today’s economy reliably and consistently.
- The rate of "low" literacy among 15-year-olds increased 29% from 2015-2018 (2018 was the last time it was measured).
- One in four children do not have a single book in the home.