Kindergarten Readiness

Too many children from low-income families begin school already far behind. These children are less likely to be read or spoken to regularly, typically have little access to books and consequently, these children may hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their middle-income peers before reaching kindergarten.


By The Numbers

Percentage of low-income children have no children’s books at home.
A child’s vocabulary as early as age 3 can predict third grade reading achievement.
By age 2, poor children are already behind their peers in listening, counting, and other skills essential to literacy.
By age 5, a typical middle-class child recognizes 22 letters of the alphabet, compared to 9 for a child from a low-income family.
Poor children hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.


Kindergarten Readiness

KRC - Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative

As a result of identifying kindergarten readiness as a major obstacle to literacy by third grade, the KRC was formed in 2015. This county-wide effort works to ensure all children reach kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. The initiative is an all-volunteer effort comprised of 40 child care providers, nonprofit organizations, funders and community leaders and is facilitated by two part-time professionals. 

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2066 14th Avenue
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Vero Beach, FL 32960

P.O. Box 643446
Vero Beach, FL 32964


Indian River County, Florida


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