Please read Dr. Jimenez’s article in Maternal and Child Health Journal titled, “Ready and Healthy for Kindergarten: A Bilingual Family Literacy Program in Primary Care“.
Children from low-income Latino backgrounds experience persistent gaps in school readiness compared to their non-Latino white peers. Early academic success infuences later educational, social, and health outcomes (High & American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care and Council on School Health 2008). For example, academic performance starting in kindergarten is highly correlated with future earnings, college attendance, and retirement savings. Activities like parent–child shared reading can enhance early language and socio-emotional development and, therefore, school readiness; yet Spanish speaking parents have almost 4 times the odds of never
reading with their children compared to English-speaking parents. To read the full article.
Ready and Healthy for Kindergarten: A Bilingual Family Literacy Program in Primary Care. Matern Child Health J. 2021 Jan 15. doi: 10.1007/s10995-020-03115-x. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33449273