Closing the ‘word gap’

Kim Doleatto
Herald Tribune
November 24, 2017

Studies have shown that by age 3, children from lower income families hear far fewer words than those from higher incomes. This “word gap” is a problem because a word-rich environment is key to a foundation of learning, early language acquisition and future reading skills.

Ellen Galinsky -- author of “Mind in the Making” and consultant for a free app called Vroom that helps parents spur early learning -- shares some insight into the word gap that may affect close to a fifth of kids in the US.

 

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