The 30 Million Word Gap

The Role of Parent-Child Verbal Interaction in Language and Literacy Development


This brief presents data showing that parents can help their child’s vocabulary development and critical thinking skills by engaging in frequent conversations. 

January 10, 2014

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Casey Connects: Winter 2013

Places to Thrive


This issue of Casey Connects highlights how the Foundation is advancing two-generation strategies to achieve positive community change. It looks at large-scale, long-term efforts to break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore and Atlanta. It also tells how schools, families and communities across the country are working together to help third graders hit key reading milestones. 

December 22, 2013

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Engaging Parents as Key Partners in Closing the Vocabulary Gap

Blog Post

A growing body of research, as well as some promising new pilot programs, underscore the urgent need to close the vocabulary gap between children who are raised in poverty and those from middle-income families — a gap that can lead to enduring academic problems as children grow up.

June 20, 2016

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2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book

State Trends in Child Well-Being


The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds the economic well-being of children improved in the past five years. Similarly, gains in child health continued. In this year’s report, New Hampshire ranked first among states for overall child well-being, followed by Massachusetts and Vermont. Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi were the three lowest-ranked states.

June 13, 2017

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Two in Five Kids Are Read To Less Than Four Days a Week

Blog Post

When it comes to supporting literary development in young kids, the advice to parents is clear: Crack open a book — daily — and read aloud to your child. Yet, from 2015 to 2016, 42% of kids in the nation's 5-and-under age group had family members sitting down and reading to them less than four days a week.

April 2, 2018

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