These Reading Programs Support Kindergarten Readiness
Research By: Gregory Szumlas, MD, FAAP | Thomas DeWitt, MD, FAAP
Post Date: June 3, 2021 | Publish Date: June 2021
Two early reading programs, when used in combination, improved kindergarten readiness among more than 3,200 children participating in a three-year study led by experts at Cincinnati Children’s.
Cincinnati Children’s worked with 23 local health clinics to conduct the study and tracked results by using the kindergarten readiness assessment (KRA), a standardized state test.
Those who participated in the reading program showed an increase of 15.4 percentage points between the 2016-2017 school year and the 2018-2019 school year while the school district average increased by only 3.8 percent during that time.
“I can’t stress enough to parents the importance of reading with your child, starting at birth,” Szumlas says. “Just a few minutes a day, reading aloud, and interacting with your child over books can make a huge difference in helping them prepare and be ready for kindergarten.”
The study’s senior author was Thomas DeWitt, MD. Co-authors included Tiana Rollinson Henry, MEd, a Community Engagement Specialist at Greater Cincinnati Reach Out and Read; and, PhD, Peter Petronio and
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