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Column: Reaching Parents Early

August 25, 2003
William Raspberry
The Washington Post

I’ve just finished a book called “Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children,” and I am confirmed — in spades! — in something I’d reluctantly come to believe: that it is beyond unrealistic to expect schools to fix children who enter school — even preschool — already behind. Here’s what the authors, Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley, found: Verbal stimulation (roughly the number of words a young child hears at home) may be the most important predictor of the child’s future academic, economic and social success.