For thousands of years, we’ve known what children need to thrive. Unfortunately, the conditions of poverty, fragmented family life, violence and low performing schools have created far too many American children who are not socially, emotionally or academically prepared to learn. And because many of the underlying conditions are not adequately addressed, more and more children are falling into the achievement gap never to recover. Lester Strong, the CEO of Experience Corps, talks about the essential elements employed by 2,000 Experience Corps tutors and mentors nationwide getting measurable and significant reading improvement for 20,000 elementary school students struggling to read. Jim Keddy will discuss how The California Endowment is working to put such institutional supports in place to nurture children.