We know that learning begins at birth, and that healthy development greatly impacts children’s ability to learn: Children who are on track in their physical, social and emotional, cognitive, and verbal development are more successful learners from their earliest years, and they are more likely to become proficient readers. The Healthy Readers Initiative of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading focuses on strategies to ensure that children from low-income families are in good health and developing on track in their development from birth through third grade.
At every age and stage of development, children from low-income families often receive less, and lower-quality, health care and services. As a result, they experience poor health at higher rates than children from higher income families. For example, they have:
Higher rates of developmental delays and disabilities related to learning, which can affect their school readiness.
Higher rates of asthma can affect their school attendance.
We know poor nutrition affects learning and though there are multiple summer food program sites in our community, these missed opportunities can contribute to summer learning loss.
These health disparities—differences in health that favor children from more advantaged families—are reflected in lower levels of reading proficiency for children from low-income families.
Did You Know...
Visiting your pediatrician on a regular basis ensures your child’s health and well-being.
Ask your child's pediatrician during your routine visits to determine if hearing tests are needed.
Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect infants, children and teens from harmful diseases. Talk to your pediatrician about these vaccinations.
Though your babies vision was checked the day they arrived into this world, your baby should have their eyes checked by age 5 and yearly thereafter.
Your baby should visit a dentist before thier first birthday and yearly thereafter.