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Reading Literacy    (page under construction)

At Encouragement-Wired we believe strongly in education (regardless of age), striving for excellence, leadership, and serving others.  

It was recently brought to our attention that the U.S. Government determines, in part, the number of new prisons required to be built based on the number of children in the 4th grade that are unable to read.  Therefore, we are committed to developing a program that insures all young children have the opportunity to learn to read.  

More will be announced regarding this developing program in the near future.  We are looking for people, ideas, and suggestions to make this program happen.  You are welcome to offer your suggestions by sending an e-mail to

The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don’t read well enough, quickly enough or easily enough. (Committee on Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children of the National Research Council, 1998)


The U.S. Government bases the number of prisons it builds based on the number of children that cannot read proficiently by the 4th grade.


It is estimated that more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems. (U.S. Dept of health and Human Services)


Since 1983, more than 10 million Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level.  In the same period, more than 6 million Americans dropped out of high school altogether. (A Nation Still at Risk, U.S. Dept of Education)


It is estimated that the cost of illiteracy to business and the taxpayer is $20 billion per year.(United Way, “Illiteracy:  A National Crisis”)


More than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level – far below the level needed to earn a living wage. (National Institute for Literacy)


Approximately 50% of the nation’s unemployed youth age 16-21 are functional illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs. (U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services)


More than three out of four of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers and 68% of those arrested are illiterate.  About three in five of America’s prison inmates are illiterate. (Washington Literacy Council)


To participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020, citizens will need powerful literacy abilities that until now have been achieved by only a small percentage of the population. (National Council on Teachers of English Standards for the English Language Arts)