Literacy Rich En..

Goal

All children have books to read at home, in school and in the community

Background

A widely cited study found that children from low income families heard up to 30 million fewer words than higher income families by age 3, and that parental tone and the quality of interaction affected vocabulary development.[i] Language ability improves according to the number of books in the home and the frequency and duration of shared picture book reading.[ii]

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References

[i] Hart & Risley.(1995). The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3.

[ii] Payne, A. C., Whitehurst, G. J., & Angell, A. L. (1994). The role of home literacy environment in the development of language ability in preschool children from low-income families. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 9(3), 427-440.