Virginia Conversations on E3: Elevate Early Education

E3On this edition of “Virginia Conversations” , we’re heading into the classroom for a lesson on “E-3”. That stands for “Elevate Early Education”.  The organization was started last year by a group of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, with the goal of making early education a top priority for state leaders. So, how’s E-3 working so far? Find out with guests Gary McCollum and Lisa Howard as they talk with Virginia Conversations host May-Lily Lee.


Fast Facts from E3


  • 90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 5.
  • 1 in 7 kindergartners arrives without basic reading skills.  That’s 13% of our children that need additional help in reading.
  • By kindergarten entry, many children are so far behind that they may never catch up.
  • Children not reading proficiently in third grade are four times more likely not to graduate from high school.
  • 61% of Virginia’s incoming 4th graders score below proficient reading levels.
  • Holding back a child in kindergarten adds nearly $11,000 to the public cost of that child’s education.
  • Children who repeat grades K-3 cost our taxpayers nearly $80m annually.
  • For every $1 we invest in school-age children, only 23 cents is spent on preschool-aged children, birth to age 5.

For more information, visit the E3 website.

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