According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age." More than 1 in 3 American children start
Kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read and after they enter school it is harder to keep up with their peers. This can be seen in Kansas, where 63% of fourth-grade students are not proficient in reading.

Literacy Day at the Capitol will address the literacy achievement gap in the state of Kansas by focusing on early literacy and mobilizing high school students to raise their voices to bring awareness to the critical issue. High school students from across Kansas will converge on the Kansas State Capitol for Literacy Day, Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Reading as early as possible is so important to a child's development, which is why our theme for the day is “Right from the Start: Helping our Youngest Thrive through Literacy.”

Literacy Day will feature panel discussions, workshops and the opportunity to network and discuss important literacy challenges with state leaders. We will also recognize a Kansas youth with the “Outstanding Youth Literacy Advocate” during our Literacy Champions Luncheon. Nominate a deserving youth today!

For more information contact Li Wang at

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