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The White House Takes a Bold New Step to Close the Word Gap

 ·  Patrik Henry Bass, Essence   ·   Link to Article

Today, Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative between Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, will join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Urban Institute for an all-day conference entitled “Federal, State, and Local Efforts to Bridge the Word Gap.”

Research shows that the more words children hear directed at them by parents and caregivers, the more they learn.  Yet, researchers have found that by age four, children in poverty hear 30 million fewer words than their higher-income peers, and, as a result, have more than double the vocabulary as those children who have heard fewer words. These dramatic gaps result in significant learning disadvantages that persist into adulthood.

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