Why Parents Should Read to Children from Infancy

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  • 66 percent of children in America are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. In low-income households, the number is 83 percent. 
  • 90 percent of brain development occurs between birth and age 5.
  • Fourth graders who reported having 25 or more books at home had higher scores on reading tests than children whose homes had fewer books. 
  • 26 percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet, compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
  • Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean test average is 46 points below the national average. Where parent involvement is high, the classroom mean test average is 28 points above the national average-a gap of 74 points.
  • Less than half of families read to their kindergarten-age children on a daily basis.

Sources: Reach Out and Read, Reading is Fundamental

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