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Joint Citizens & Legislative Committee on Children 2013 Annual Report

Did you know that South Carolina ranks 43rd in the nation on overall child well-being? That 25% of students who start school won't graduate with their peers? That between 30% and 50% of children in our state are overweight or obese?

The Joint Citizens & Legislative Committee on Children 2013 Annual Report (linked below) provides an in-depth look at five issues affecting South Carolina's children and makes recommendations for improvement.

According to the report, school readiness is perceived by both lawmakers and the general public as the most critical issue for our state's children, and "engagement of parents in promoting language, literacy, numeracy, and work habits" is identified as a key method for getting children in South Carolina ready to succeed in school.

Richland Library is committed to advancing our community by promoting early literacy and empowering parents to be their children's first (and best!) teachers.

Our Here Comes Kindergarten initiative, which is funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation, gives parents in Eastover and Eau Claire the tools and skills they need to get their children ready for school. To learn more about this program, pick up the March/April issue of Access at any library location.

Our librarians are eager to help all parents and caregivers share the joy of learning with their children. Drop in for a visit, and let us show you what we've got!

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