Babies whose parents frequently talk or read to them know 300 more words by age 2 than parents who rarely speak or read to them.
51% of parents in Monterey County read or show picture books daily to their children.
The brain develops most rapidly between the ages of 0-3. By the time they are age 3, children’s brains have formed 1000 trillion connections between neurons.
Only 20% of toddlers and 5% of infants have access to licensed childcare facilities which help provide positive learning environments for young children.
A strong parent and child helps children cope with stress later in life.
In Monterey County, 30.8% of children have social emotional skills needed to be ready for kindergarten.
Children reading on grade level by third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college than those who do not read on grade level. Children living in poverty are less likely to be reading on grade level by third grade.
35% of children in Monterey County are reading on grade level by third grade.
Students who have caring relationships at school are more likely to succeed academically.
In Monterey County, 32% of middle school students report that a teacher of other adult at school really cares about them.
Students who have opportunities for meaningful participation in their schools and communities are less likely to engage in risk taking behaviors.
In Monterey County, 12% of high school students have opportunities for meaningful participation in this school.
Setting high expectations for youth helps them succeed in school and life.
In Monterey County, 45% of high schools student can name a teacher of other adult in school that believe they will be a success.