New research on the ‘word gap’

The New York Times
Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K

A front page story in today's New York Times examines research on the language and vocabulary gap seen between children who grow up in low income households, and those who are from high income families.

Those gaps are being observed at younger and younger ages, which is focusing attention on the importance of early childhood education and support for families.

From the Times' story:

But at a time when a majority of public schoolchildren in about a third of the states come from low-income families, according to the Southern Education Foundation, those who are pushing for higher preschool enrollment say that investing in the youngest children could save public spending later on.