strategies are vital for boosting low-income children’s
vocabularies, language development, sound awareness and
letter recognition abilities — all building blocks for early
literacy. According to National Center for Education Statistics
data, only 20 percent of 4-year-olds in poverty can recognize all
26 letters, compared with 37 percent of their peers at or above
the poverty level.
Stoiber and other psychologists are including such coaching
as part of interventions proven to improve pre-reading skills
among low-income preschoolers. One of the best ways to boost
these children’s literacy is by helping teachers and parents
maximize the time they spend reading with their children,
says Jorge E. Gonzalez, PhD, of Texas A&M University, a U.S.
Department of Education-funded researcher who studies oral