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of children from economically disadvantaged communities lose reading skills over the summer because they lack access to books. ii
of fourth graders read at or below the basic level and only 35% of fourth graders read at or above recommended reading levels. ii
i. Council on Early Childhood. (2014). Literacy promotion: An essential component of primary care pediatric practice. Pediatrics, 134(2): 404–409; ii. U.S. Department of Education, “The Nation’s Report Card,” 2013. https://thencbla.org/literacy-resources/statistics/; iii. Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., and Olson, L. S. (2007). Lasting consequences of the summer learning gap. American Sociological Review, 72 (4): 167–180.;