School Readiness

School Readiness Too many children from low-income families begin school already far behind. The research shows that these children are less likely to be read or spoken to regularly or to have access to books, literacy-rich environments, high-quality early care, and pre-k programs. As a consequence, these children may hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their middle-income peers before reaching kindergarten. Research also shows that such interactions are critical for language development, an important precursor to literacy.

61 percent of low-income children have no children's books at home.

Poor children hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.

A child's vocabulary as early as age three can predict third grade reading proficiency.

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