In 1995, research showed a link between kids’ school success and how much their parents talked to them.  This brief presents supporting data correlating the low income/high income achievement gap to parenting skills and differences in the quality and quantity of verbal interaction received as a young child. 

January 10, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The research behind parenting and childhood development in language and literacy.

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    How vocabulary affects conceptual learning in young children.

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    Why parents reading to kids matters for school success.

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    How parental interaction with kids affects the development of critical thinking skills.

Key Takeaway

Conversation builds reading and thinking skills

By engaging in frequent conversation, parents can help develop their child’s vocabulary and critical thinking skills in preparation for school. Research shows that variations in parenting and, in turn, child development, are associated with social, economic and educational backgrounds.

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