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Charlotte's Dual-Language Preschools Equipping Students for Future Success

Written by Lauren Blake    on March 16, 2018

"There's a study that shows if you don't have access to high-quality preschool, you start kindergarten 12-14 months behind," says Banu Valladares, executive director of Charlotte Bilingual Preschool. "If you start behind, then you're twice as likely to fail the reading test in third grade and if you don't pass that, you're four times as likely to drop out of high school."

Charlotte Needs a Literacy Rate Hike

March 4, 2018    in
Reading. For many, reading is something you’ve been doing for as long as you can remember. You learned to walk, you learned to talk, you learned to read. 

Unless you didn’t.

Unfortunately, not every child in third grade is ready to read classic authors like Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder or Roald Dahl or excel in other school subjects. In fact, only 39 percent of third graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are reading at grade level.