• 1 in 30 children were homeless in United States in 2013.
  • 61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes.
  • Children from middle-income homes have on average 13 books per child. There is only one book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Fewer than half (48%) of young children in the U.S. are read to daily. The percentage of children read to daily drops even lower (to 36%) among low-income families, whose children face the highest risk of literacy problems. 
  • Even among high-income families, however, more than two out of every five children are not read to daily.
  • The average child growing up in a middle class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading.
  • The average child growing up in a low-income family has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading.
  • Nearly one-quarter of the Children in the Los Angeles area are living below the poverty line.