Early literacy interventions such as Raising A Reader have significant impacts

The RAR National Model has undergone more than twenty-three independent evaluations that demonstrate the program’s impact over time and across settings. Some of the outcomes proven in these independent studies include increases in frequency of book sharing, children’s vocabulary gains, children’s alphabet knowledge, and family library visits.

Children who are read to have better language and cognitive skills and a greater chance of success in learning to read and in academic success.
“Economic, neurobiological, and behavioral perspectives on building America’s future workforce” by Eric I. Knudsen, James J. Heckman, Judy L. Cameron, Jack P. Shonkoff. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jul 2006, 103 (27) 10155-10162; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0600888103. https://www.pnas.org/content/103/27/10155

20% of Chatham children ages 0-5 live below the federal poverty line.
Child Care Services Association, “Young Children and their Families in Chatham County”, December 2019

Early literacy interventions even more critical and impactful for children in poverty.
Fernald, Anne et al. “SES differences in language processing skill and vocabulary are evident at 18 months.” Developmental science vol. 16,2 (2013): 234-248. doi:10.1111/desc.12019 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3582035/

Parent-child book sharing is shown to positively impact healthy attachment and bonding between parents and their children.
Bus, A.G., van IJzendoorn, M.H., & Pellegrini, A.D. (1995). Joint book reading makes for success in learning to read: A meta-analysis on intergenerational transmission of literacy. Review of Educational Research, 65,1-21. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3102/00346543065001001


High-quality early care and education are linked to numerous benefits to children and society

New study finds Pre-K benefits Endure Through Eighth Grade (2019)

Early childhood education: Young adult outcomes from the Abecedarian Project

Early Childhood Education: A Meta-Analytic Affirmation of the Short- and Long-Term Benefits of Educational Opportunity

Early Childhood Interventions: Proven Results, Future Promise

Disease prevention:

Reduced need for special education:

High school graduation, employablility, and higher earnings:

Crime prevention:

Strengthen the economy and reduce deficits:

Economic return on investing in early childhood programs:

Multiple benefits or general info: