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Language Deficit begins in Infancy

A landmark study by psychologists at Stanford University reveals that the language gap between rich and poor children may begin as early as infancy; the 2-year-old children of lower-income families may already be six months behind their more affluent peers in language development. But the good news is that regardless of economic circumstances, parents who use more and richer language with their infants can help their child to learn more quickly. The key is to talk to your baby early and often: parents who talk more with their children in an engaging and supportive way have kids who are more likely to develop their full intellectual potential than kids who hear very little child-directed speech.
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Celebrating Black History and Diversity Builds Self Esteem and Empathy.

Every February, teachers across America highlight the important contributions that African Americans have made to United States history, culture, and economy.
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Bridging The Gap in Early Childhood Education

By the time children are 5 years old, poor kids have heard 30 million fewer words than their wealthy counterparts. For many, it's the start of a lifelong deficit. At FOCH, we're on a mission to BRIDGE THE GAP!
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Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

Experts advise parents to read to their children early and often. But they also recommend limited screen time for toddlers. At a time when reading increasingly means swiping pages on a digital device, how should parents navigate this conundrum?
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'Crucial first eight years': Study finds most poor children lag on cognitive skills by age 8

Only 19 percent of low-income third graders have "age-appropriate cognitive skills," according to a policy report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. That number is a substantial drop from children in higher-income families, with 50 percent of those third graders hitting the age milestones.
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Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K

Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated parents, giving them a distinct advantage in school and suggesting the need for increased investment in prekindergarten programs.
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