If you have a young child, it’s probably safe to say that you hope for your child’s future success. You want your child to succeed in school and every aspect of his life. Luckily, there is a simple step you can take each day to ensure this will happen. In order to spur your young child onto a life of academic and professional success, the best thing you can do is to read aloud with your child every day.

The latest U.S. Census conducted in 2009 revealed that more and more parents are completing this simple step. According to the census, over 50% of children under the age of 5 are read to at least seven times a week. Furthermore, 45% of children under the age of 5 and living below the poverty line are enjoying this same amount of reading time with their parents (up 8% since the last census!)

One organization that has helped raise these numbers is Reach out and Read. This organization works with pediatricians to stress the importance of early literacy to parents and to get more books into the hands of young children.

Aside from preparing your child for academic success, another benefit of reading aloud with your young child each day is that you will be able to catch a learning disability before it creates bigger problems for your child. As you read with your child each day, you will see your child making progress, or see that your child is struggling with the reading skills he needs to succeed. The sooner you can catch a learning disability (such as dyslexia) the sooner you can work on getting your child the proper interventions.

Put your child on track for academic success by grabbing a book and reading with your child today! And tomorrow… and the day after that… and the day after that.

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