Children who participated in the Books from Birth program prior to kindergarten entry had statistically higher kindergarten readiness scores in language and mathematics than children not enrolled in the program.
Our analysis indicates that students who had participated in the Books from Birth program prior to kindergarten entry had higher scores in reading development in second grade, compared to students who had not participated.
BfB children are more likely to be in the strongest tier and least likely to be in the weakest tier of readers in 2nd grade.
The two subtests most fundamentally linked to early reading experiences are the two that showed significant differences between BfB participants and non-participants, namely vocabulary and reading comprehension.
These findings are not a result of group differences in socioeconomic status or gender.
Contributing Authors: Marie Sell, Doug Imig, Shahin Samiei
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