Helping Children & Families
Educational therapy and testing is an investment for families; but for those parents experiencing lay offs or unemployment due to the economic realities today, it is now out of reach. Rather than turn away children who need our help, it is key to our mission that we help these families with a scholarship. In 2011, 33% of our students received and needed scholarships, providing $50,000 worth in 2011.
In addition to scholarship, funding is needed to help with early identification and intervention as well as teacher training so that more kids are identified and more educators are trained to help. Our Best of Basics Summer Program is often a gateway program for unidentified children with dyslexia. Outreach Education and Reading Readiness also help with early identification.
With early identification and intervention, a dyslexic child can experience success and feel capable – our students test at a 5.210 NCE level, which is considered by experts to be outstanding.
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• 63% of Minnesota’s 4th graders and 64% of Minnesota’s 8th graders are not proficient in reading.
• Students not proficient at reading by the beginning of third grade have only a 25% chance of catching up over their entire public school experience.
• 75% of unemployed adults have reading or writing difficulties
• 70% of US prison inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level