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State of the world’s mothers 2009: Investing in the early years

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Save the Children
Publication Date: 
6 May 2009

Description: In commemoration of Mother’s Day, Save the Children is publishing its tenth annual State of the World’s Mothers report. Focusing on the critical importance of children’s experiences in their early years, this report suggests specific activities mothers and caregivers can do with their young children to help them reach their full potential in school. The report highlights the urgent need to reach 75 million children worldwide who fail to complete primary school as well as the 2.5 million fourth graders in the United States who are not reading at grade level. It shines a spotlight on places where children have the best chance to succeed in school and shows that effective solutions to early education challenges are affordable – even in the poorest communities.