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Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind

FACT NUMBER ONE: No Child Left Behind supports learning in the early years, thereby preventing many learning difficulties that arise later.

Children who enter school with language skills and pre-reading skills (e.g., understanding that print reads from left to right and top to bottom) are more likely to learn to read well in the early grades and succeed in later years. In fact, research shows that most reading problems faced by adolescents and adults are the result of problems that could have been prevented through good instruction in their early childhood years. It is never too early to start building language skills by talking with and reading to children. No Child Left Behind targets resources for early childhood education so that all youngsters get the right start.

President Bush's proposed budget for FY 2005 includes $1.1 billion for Reading First, an increase of $101 million, or 10 percent, to expand the nationwide effort to support comprehensive reading instruction for children in grades K-3. The President's budget proposal also includes $132 million for Early Reading First , an increase of $38 million, or 40 percent, for the pre-school component of the Reading First program.

Parents interested in the U.S. Department of Education's publication, "Helping Your Child Become a Reader," which includes activities for children from infancy through age 6, can order a free copy by:

  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Ordering online at:; or
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.
Note: Fact Number 2 of the Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind will be published in tomorrow's Extra Credit.


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