In August the U.S. Census Bureau released some interesting data about today’s children and their well-being. The data segment, categorized as “A Child’s Day,” (you can check it out for yourself if you love to crunch numbers!) grouped census data related to children ages 1-18, and included some positive news on reading and parental involvement.
According to their data, many young children are getting a head start on acquiring the skills needed to read, with family members taking the time to read aloud to them on a regular basis. Recently released data shows that in 2009, half of all children ages 1 to 5 were read to seven or more times a week by a family member.
While reading interactions are more frequent among families above poverty, it is great to see that reading interactions among low-income families have steadily increased over the last 10 years. In 2009, 56 percent of 1- and 2-year-olds above poverty were read to seven or more times a week, compared with 45 percent below the poverty level. This may sound discouraging, but that 45 percent is up from 1998 when only 37% percent of below poverty families read to a child seven days a week. Overall, this is very positive news and here’s hoping this number will only continue to grow!