The White House on Thursday will announce a new initiative to encourage technological and research support to combat the word gap, a learning curve many low-income children face in their early years before entering school.
Research has shown that children from lower income families on average hear 30 million fewer words in the first three years of their lives than those from wealthier families. Proponents of closing the gap say it’s important for parents to talk, read and sing with their children, but that low-income parents often don’t have the time or the resources to do so. The Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services will partner to encourage more organizations to develop technologies and research that can help better spread information to the communities that need it, the White House will announce.
On Thursday, the administration, along with the Urban Institute and Too Small to Fail – a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation – will host an event with local, nonprofit, philanthropic and academic leaders on closing the word gap.