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PHEAA Offers Webinar about filing your FAFSA on March 24th

PHEAA will be offering two FAFSA overview webinars throughout the state on March 24th.    It will be followed by a […]

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2021 National Library Week – April 4 to April 10

WELCOME TO YOUR LIBRARY! Libraries have been adapting to our changing world by expanding their resources and services. This National […]

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2021 Information Literacy Summit

2021 Information Literacy Summit

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 The PA Forward® Information Literacy Summit is an exciting program opportunity for anyone […]

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Tales and Tails and Health

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward® initiative is happy to announce a partnership with the National Network of Libraries of […]

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PA Savings Pledge

Pledging to Make Savers Winners!

The many different ways/benefits of encouraging great savings among all Pennsylvania families just got better! PA Treasury continually looks for […]

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Basic Literacy

How is basic literacy defined?

Developing foundational competency including reading, writing, math, job application assistance, and overall life-skill development. Also includes STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) knowledge building on basic skills and concepts.

A child who can read by the third grade is unlikely to ever be involved with the criminal justice system.

A child who can read by the third grade is unlikely to ever be involved with the criminal justice system.

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In preschool, children listening to stories is positively associated with activation of brain areas supporting mental imagery and narrative comprehension, regardless of household income.

Higher levels of inequality in literacy and numeracy skills are associated with greater inequality in the distribution of income.

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Each year, low literacy costs the U.S. $225 billion or more in non-productivity in the workforce, with crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.

In all countries, individuals who score at lower levels of proficiency in literacy are more likely than those with higher proficiency to report poor health, believe that they have little to no impact on the political process, and not participate in associative or volunteer activities.

Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children.

Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children.

By the Numbers

  • 86% of 3-5 year-olds (not yet in Kindergarten) are told a story by a family member weekly.
  • 55% are read to daily.
  • 95% are taught letters, words, or numbers.
  • 85% of all youth in the Juvenile Court System are functionally illiterate.
  • More than 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.