Recent report by the Packard and MacArthur Foundation found that the average child growing up in a middle class family has been exposed to 1,000 – 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading time, the average child in a low-income family, in contrast, has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading.
Children in low-income families have been exposed to over 1 million less words than their middle income classmates by the time they start kindergarten.
The National Research Council of 2000 stated that most of the reading problems faced by today’s adolescents and adults are the result of problems that might have been avoided or resolved in their early childhood years.
The National Commission on Reading, 1985, stated that the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home.
The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Invest in Kids 2000
The results have indicated that those parents who received the Reach Out and Read intervention are 2-4 times more likely to choose book sharing as an activity.
Students that received 5 age-appropriate, high interest books over the summer showed a greater improvement on reading comprehension scores than students in traditional summer school programs. –Richard Allington