New PSA urges parents to read to newborns

FOX 47 News 4:13 PM, Mar 4, 2017 LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) A new Public Service Announcement from a non-profit group hopes to get an important message across to new parents. The group "Read Aloud 15 Minutes" says it's important to start reading to kids, the day they are born. Experts say it helps with brain

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Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge

There are enormous inequalities in education in the United States. A child born into a poor family has only a 9 percent chance of getting a college degree, but the odds are 54 percent for a child in a high-income family. These gaps open early, with poor children less prepared than their kindergarten classmates. How can

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To Help Language Skills of Children, a Study Finds, Text Their Parents With Tips

A prekindergarten class in San Francisco. A study found preschoolers benefited when their parents received texts with guidance on how to help them. With research showing language gaps between the children of affluent parents and those from low-income families emerging at an early age, educators have puzzled over how best to reach parents and

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How About Better Parents?

Thomas L. Friedman NOV. 19, 2011 IN recent years, we’ve been treated to reams of op-ed articles about how we need better teachers in our public schools and, if only the teachers’ unions would go away, our kids would score like Singapore’s on the big international tests. There’s no question that a great teacher can make

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The Power of Talking to Your Baby

APRIL 10, 2013, 3:25 PM By TINA ROSENBERG By the time a poor child is 1 year old, she has most likely already fallen behind middle-class children in her ability to talk, understand and learn. The gap between poor children and wealthier ones widens each year, and by high school it has become a chasm. American

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Before a Test, a Poverty of Words

PREP Simone Brown helping a student at Intermediate School 292 in Brooklyn prepare for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, the subject of a recent lawsuit. By GINIA BELLAFANTE Not too long ago, I witnessed a child, about two months shy of 3, welcome the return of some furniture to his family’s

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Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

By DOUGLAS QUENQUA OCT. 16, 2014 It has been nearly 20 years since a landmark education study found that by age 3, children from low-income families have heard 30 million fewer words than more affluent children, putting them at an educational disadvantage before they even began school. The findings led to increased calls for

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Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

By MOTOKO RICH JUNE 24, 2014 In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday. With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first

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The Science and Art of Listening

The Science and Art of Listening By SETH S. HOROWITZ By SETH S. HOROWITZ For the New York Times HERE’S a trick question. What do you hear right now? If your home is like mine, you hear the humming sound of a printer, the low throbbing of traffic from the nearby highway and the clatter of plastic

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Only in America: Four years into life, poor kids are already an entire year behind

Wealthy parents aren't just able to send their kids to top pre-schools—they can also purchase the latest learning technology and ensure their children experience as many museums, concerts and other cultural experiences as possible. Low-income parents, on the other hand, don't have that opportunity. Instead, they're often left to face the reality of sending their

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