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From the National Center for Families Learning 3.9.2018
The Hechinger Report
Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school
Danielle Burnett, a truancy prevention social worker in Albuquerque Public Schools, spends her days figuring out why students miss school. Her job is to identify the underlying reasons and help families change course.

Some students don’t show up because their parents can’t afford school uniforms. Burnett can get these students vouchers for free pants and tops.

Many parents keep their children home for minor colds or stomachaches. Burnett encourages them to send kids to class unless they have a fever or are throwing up, and she reminds them that the school nurse can help with health more
Adult education is transformative
There is much discussion around the importance of a high-quality early education and how crucial the formative years of K-12 are to a student’s future success in the workforce. In the media lately, U.S. investments in postsecondary education are getting quite a bit of air time as well.

As the U.S. economy struggles to break out of economic stagnation, these investments in the different phases of education are indeed crucial. However, adult education programs can also sustain and grow American commerce.

According to American Action Forum data, the U.S. will be short of 7.5 million private sector jobs by 2020 if current conditions persist. As an example, Northern Utah is one region suffering from a shortage of skilled workers, as reported by the New York Times this more
Open the world: Read to a child
Snuggling up with a toddler and a good book is far more than something that will create a happy memory; it’s something that can set up your child for success in the future.

According to the National Center for Families Learning, children who are read to daily from infancy reach kindergarten with approximately 900 hours of what they call “brain food.” Reduce the amount of reading to 30 minutes per week, and the same child is now 770 hours behind peers who were read to daily.

Why do those numbers matter? Because low literacy leads to adults who are underemployed or unemployed, families living in a generational cycle of poverty and future employment. Low literacy increases the odds of incarceration, balloons health costs for the entire nation, and even increases the risk of more
EveryoneOn: The National Literacy Directory's newest affiliate partner
The National Literacy Directory has recently gained a new affiliate partner. EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. EveryoneOne aims to leverage the democratizing power of the Internet to provide opportunity to all people in the United States - regardless of age, race, geography, income, or educational level. To learn more about the services EveryoneOn provides, click here. 
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