Nearly a quarter of kindergarteners in Richmond need literacy intervention. By third grade, about half of students fail the SOL math test. The coalition Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond is working to address these challenges with a school readiness plan.
Jacque Hale says learning begins even before a baby is born. She’s Director of Programs and Community Impact at Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. She says a few simple activities make a big difference: reading, singing and playing.