Children from low-income families are more likely than their higher income peers to show delays in language and literacy skills, both at school entry and across the lifespan. Programs aimed at promoting language and literacy activities in the home, particularly programs that combine distribution of print materials with support and guidance for using them, have been effective in decreasing the word gap, leading to increased school readiness and early literacy. The current study examined the impact of such a program based in pediatric healthcare, Reach Out and Read (ROR), on parents’ use of community resources that also provide access to print—namely, the public library—in the context of a citywide initiative to link literacy resources for low-income families. Effects of both ROR and the library, both individually and combined, on parents’ literacy activities at home were then examined. Significant associations between receiving ROR, using the public library, and parent–child book sharing were found. Implications for intervention and policy are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science