As leaders at the state and local level, policymakers can use legislation to promote the importance of early reading and support programs aimed at ensuring that all students read proficiently by the end of third grade.

Policymakers can:

  • Ensure that all children receive developmental screenings and any services identified by those screens.
  • Offer incentives to increase quality in early childhood education by investing in the education, pay, and benefits of the early childhood workforce
  • Support increased investment to raise the quality of existing pre-K programs, and make them accessible to more children.

  • Ensure that all teachers are trained in evidence-based practices for teaching reading.

  • Provide financial resources for summer learning programs.

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