Agency Overview

Today’s children are our nation’s hope for building a strong future. But many children in our community live in educationally and economically disadvantaged homes. They often enter school two or more years behind their peers and are more likely to drop out of school. These children miss out on high-quality early learning experiences. The cycle of low-literacy continues.

In Missouri 77% of lower-income students read below proficient levels compared to 51% of higher-income students. Children who have parents and caregivers who read to them enjoy a substantial advantage in school over children who are not read to. If a child’s mother or father struggles with reading and writing, the child’s own path to literacy is all the more challenging. The cycle of low-literacy continues.

In Jasper County alone, from 2009 to 2013 the number of families with children reported by school districts as having limited English language skills has more than doubled. But dual-language learners are one of the few groups for whom reading proficiency rates did not improve over the past ten years. The cycle of low literacy continues. 

In the Joplin community, this translates over 12,000 adults who lack essential literacy skills. Moms and Dads who struggle to make ends meet because they lack basic education. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are unable to read to their children, provide their children with early learning experiences, or even read a note from their child's school.

Joplin NALA Read’s Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language, and Family Literacy program fosters and strengthens essential literacy skills enabling learners to reach their full potential. As learners increase their essential skills they become more involved in their child's education and transmit the value of literacy to their children. Now we can close the book on illiteracy.



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