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Program Impact

After years of watching our FFCL program grow, we have seen overall school test scores positively impacted when a county has greater than 50% of its children enrolled in the program and has been operating 5 years or more. We have also seen from recent studies, that FFCL contributes to "leveling" the playing field for children who, without the benefit of this program, might otherwise enter school up to two years behind their peers.

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A 2015 School Readiness Survey of 90 pre-k/kindergarten teachers and 800 FFCL participants found:

  • FFCL program participation helps develop the skills children need to be successful in school.
  • FFCL children demonstrate better reading behaviors, are much more actively engaged during story time and are better listeners.
  • FFCL parents are more engaged across the board in their children’s academic progress than non FFCL parents.

And a 2015 Program Effectiveness Evaluation gauging the kindergarten GKIDS assessment scores of FFCL program graduates indicated:

  • FFCL participants perform at a higher percentage (meet or exceeded standards) than non-FFCL children;
  • FFCL program contributes to "leveling" the playing field for children who, because of socioeconomic factors, would likely enter school up to two years behind their peers.

We know FFCL is making a difference in the lives of children, one book at a time, not only from the data, but from parents themselves, who tell us every day how much they value their children being part of the FFCL program. And of course, the entire community benefits when even one more child comes to school prepared to learn.

LINKS:

2015 FFCL School Readiness Survey (PDF)

2015 FFCL Program Effectiveness Evaluation (PDF)

The development of emerging literacy skills in young children is too important to allow a 'wait and see' approach. Current research overwhelmingly supports the importance of facilitating early and emerging literacy skills in preschool-age children as a critical foundation for literacy development.

Paulson et al. (2004). The Effects of an Early Reading Curriculum on Language and Literacy Development of Head Start Children. Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 18(3)

Early Reading Benefits

The key is to start at birth. Immersing a child in a rich literacy environment can be a stronger predictor of literacy and academic achievement than family income. The more words a child hears, the larger the child’s vocabulary, and the larger the child’s vocabulary, the more likely the child will be a proficient reader.

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