Causes & Solutions

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau

Roots

  • Hopelessness
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Attachment disorder
  • Absence of books in the home
  • Thirty Million Word Gap
  • Not ready to learn by 1st grade
  • 3rd grade failure to read benchmark
  • Illiteracy
  • Truancy
  • Dropping out of school
  • Joining gangs
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Mental illness
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Community violence
  • Racism
  • Mass incarceration
  • Parental incarceration
  • Prison industrial complex

Striking at the Roots

  • Prevention
  • Choice
  • Cutting edge research
  • Attachment theory
  • Principles of family support
  • Touchpoints
  • Early developmental screening
  • Resilience
  • Nutrition
  • Hope
  • Literacy rich environment
  • Home libraries
  • A parent who reads
  • Picture book sharing
  • Read aloud
  • Thirty Million Words by age three
  • Early scribbles
  • Family field trips
  • Connection to community resources
  • Libraries
  • School readiness
  • School success
  • Job training
  • Employment
  • Justice