Children in poverty hear fewer words at home.

January 23, 2014 / National Data / 0 Comments /
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Children in poverty hear fewer words at home.

A child of professional parents typically has heard 45 Million words by age four.
A child in an impoverished family typically has heard 12 Million words by age four.

Children in poverty hear less praise.

A child of professional parents hears on average 12 positive statements for two negative statements.
A child in an impoverished family hears on average 1 positive statement for two negative statements.

Graphic based on: Hart, B. and Risley, T. (1995). Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children.
Baltimore MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.



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