There is a defined gap that separates disadvantaged children from their more affluent peers. As early as 18 months, low-income children begin to fall behind in vocabulary development and other skills critical for school success. Parents play an enormous role in closing this gap, as do daycare providers, pediatricians, preschools programs and the broader community.
A child’s vocabulary as early as age 3 can predict third grade reading achievement.
Research shows that learning begins long before a child enters kindergarten. Children – even infants – soak up words, rhymes, songs and images. Developing vocabulary is particularly important. A child’s health, and the timely recognition of developmental delays, is another critical aspect of school readiness.