School Readiness Resources

Impact of Income on School Readiness

Poverty poses a significant barrier to school readiness.

One study of birth to age 5 found a significant relationship between income and child cognitive ability.
(Linver, Brookes-Gunn, & Kohen, 2002)

"Children from typical middle-class homes entered elementary school with between 1,000 and 1,700 hours of parental reading, compared to the average of only 25 hours for children from a typical low-income home."
(The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2016). www.aecf.org/resources/the-30-million-word-gap)

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