Today, 25 million children in the United States are not proficient readers. While this is, indeed, a crisis, it’s one that I firmly believe we can solve. Reading is the fundamental building block required for life's journey. From being college ready to launching a successful career or even managing personal finances, every child must first learn to read.

Reading opens doors to a whole world of possibilities. It prepares kids to take advantage of limitless opportunities and gives them the confidence to strive. Today, reading has stiff competition for our children’s attention, from instant access to all forms of media to...

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  • About the Author:

    Alicia Levi currently serves as president & chief executive officer of Reading Is Fundamental. Throughout her career, she has worked to transform the lives of children through smart strategies to improve academic outcomes. Prior to joining RIF in 2016, Levi served as vice president, education for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and oversaw all of PBS’ educational efforts in developing digital education services for PBS, local public television stations, students, and teachers nationwide. She was responsible for PBS’ strategic partnerships, digital media production, professional development, and other emerging products and services that support the PreK-16 education market. Before joining PBS, Levi served as vice president, educational publishing at Discovery Education, helping design comprehensive educational media solutions for K-12 classrooms.