According to a recent study, by age 3 there is a 30-million-word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families. Research also shows there are strong links between literacy, school performance, self-esteem and life chances—with poor literacy skills associated with lower education, earnings, health and social outcomes. In INMED Loudoun’s Healthy Families and Moms & Babies programs, it’s never too early to start. Our staff and volunteers work with parents to give the gift of literacy to their children. This video on INMED’s YouTube channel is a great example.