Story/research reinforces need for preschool

Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated parents, giving them a distinct advantage in school and suggesting the need for increased investment in prekindergarten programs.

Now a follow-up study has found a language gap as early as 18 months, heightening the policy debate.

According to the literacy fast facts from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy , literacy is defined as “using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’�s goals, and to develop one�s knowledge and potential.”


Eileen FitzGerald