Tackling the literacy crisis during the pandemic

February 11, 2021

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You don’t have to be an educator or a parent to be concerned by recent headlines about learning loss in children, like this one from the Washington Post. Reports about the effects of remote learning on kids confirm two things: the pandemic has deepened the decades-old literacy crisis, and students of color and in high-poverty communities are disproportionately affected. 

Learning to read is hard and gets harder as kids age. It’s four times harder for an 8 year old to catch up with their peers as it is for a 5 year old, for example. Research also shows that the best way to learn is with the support of a helpful adult, at home and in the classroom. For many kids however, that level of support is just not available.

“Many kids don’t have a parent at home who has the time or is able to read to them, so they’re continuing to lose ground and motivation. With voice-enabled reading apps on a mobile phone, computer, or tablet, kids can still practice by themselves every day, keep up with their peers, and continue to unlock their full potential.”

– Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder & CEO

We get it. Voice-enabled literacy apps and tools like Amplify‘s are no silver bullet. But we’ve also seen the positive impact these tools can have on the development of reading skills in kids, at every stage of the literacy journey.

Voice-enabled literacy tools help kids unlock their full potential by offering:

Check out more resources below, or reach out to us for a demo or to discuss your use case.

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