Starting School at a Disadvantage: The School Readiness of Poor Children

3/19/12

Poor children in the United States start school at a disadvantage in terms of their early skills, behaviors, and health. Fewer than half 48 percent of poor children are ready for school at age five, compared to 75 percent of children from families with moderate and high income, a 27 percentage point gap. This paper examines the reasons why poor children are less ready for school and evaluates three interventions for improving their school readiness.

Source: Brookings Institution

Available at: http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2012/0319_school_disadvantage_isaacs.aspx

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