Reading Development

Risk Factors for Reading Problems

Get the facts on risk factors for reading problems to help put all kids on the path to reading success, right from the start.

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For Health Professionals

Nemours BrightStart! researches, develops and offers evidence-based tools targeting young children at risk for reading failure, which affects 30 percent or more of our nation’s children.

Literacy as Preventive Medicine

Studies have shown that literacy level is the strongest single predictor of adult health status. It is also a major child health issue, as it can disrupt development in academic, cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social domains. Parents often seek help from their pediatricians when their child struggles in school.

We believe health care providers have a great opportunity to guide parents with simple tips that may help put their child on a path to reading success.

Through strategic integration with other Nemours programs, Nemours BrightStart! provides a continuum of child health services from prevention to tertiary care. The pediatric medical and research expertise within Nemours, combined with expertise from the fields of early childhood education and learning disorders, make Nemours BrightStart! the only one of its kind.

Being Part of the Nemours Model of Care

The Nemours BrightStart! initiative is one of the many ways Nemours cares for the health of the whole child. It's our mission to give families, educators, health professionals and community members the tools necessary to ensure that every child has the opportunity to grow up healthy. Nemours BrightStart! is a perfect example of how we do this.

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Tools & Services

We've designed various tools and educational options for health professionals related to reading development, dyslexia and your role in talking with parents about these important topics. Learn More »


Each year, our research has shown that the Nemours BrightStart! curriculum is improving reading readiness skills of prekindergarteners at risk for reading failure. Discover why these children are making good progress with reading.
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Working together, we can free children from the disabling effects of reading failure. We'd love to hear about your experience using Nemours BrightStart! resources!
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re searching for answers to your questions, refer to our frequently asked questions about Nemours BrightStart! and early literacy screening, dyslexia and reading failure, or our toolkit designed just for health care professionals.
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