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Impact

Books from Birth Increases Toddler Language Development: Porter-Leath, Shelby County Survey

Porter-Leath, sponsoring organization for Books from Birth, Shelby County’s Imagination Library affiliate, surveyed Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K families in 2017-2018 who were also enrolled in Books from Birth to measure the program’s impact on early reading and language skills.

Key Findings:

  • 95% of Head Start and Early Head Start parents reported reading more with their children as a result of receiving Books from Birth.
  • Three and four year old children both demonstrated higher mastery of Language Development skills, as assessed by the Brigance Inventory, throughout the year, compared to peers not enrolled in Books from Birth.
  • Toddlers participating in Books from Birth for 24 months or longer showed the highest year-end mastery.

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