Children begin learning the moment they’re born. That means it’s never too early to begin setting children up for future academic success. When we talk to them and read to them, we expose them to a more literature-rich environment that helps them grow.

Unfortunately, not all children receive that exposure, widening the achievement gap. Evidence of that gap begins to show up as early as kindergarten — and it affects students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds far more than their more privileged peers.

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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Kandace Bethea is the superintendent at the Marion County School District. She can be reached via email at kbethea@marion.k12.sc.us or on Twitter at @bethea_kandace.