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Chapter One

Helping South County Close the Achievement Gap

https://www.berkshireunitedway.org/sites/berkshireunitedway.org/files/ChapterOne_Logo_print.jpgChildren from low-income families hear as many as 30 million fewer words before age four than their more affluent peers, stifling language skills and slowing progress. Recent statistics show that only 63% of third graders in the southern Berkshires are proficient readers.  The BUW program, Chapter One promotes reading, vocabulary and communication skills before the gap can widen in school.

  • 1,116 words (professional families)
  • 749 words (working class families)
  • 525 words (low-income families)

Source: Strategies for Children

Share Your Words

  • Host an event, become a coach or just sponsor of The Word Project.
  • Create meaningful conversations with children, tell personal stories, talk about shared experiences. Give a family membership to a museum as a gift.
  • Create excitement around books and writing.
  • Offer to send snail mail to kids you know.
  • Read, sing, play, and talk to the kids in your life.

Support Young Minds 

  • Donate books for kids.  
  • Provide books, magazines, and toys in your office for babies, toddlers and up.
  • Be an advocate for early childhood learning and education.
  • Talk to friends, family, and co-workers about why early learning matters.
  • Consider getting involved with Chapter One.

Learn More

Amy Taylor, South County Liaison
Ph: 413.854.3989
Email: ataylor@berkshireunitedway.org

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