How closing the ‘word gap’ could give poorer kids an equal chance at success


When DR. RIPUDAMAN S. MINHASH treats families in the Toronto’s low-income Regent Park neighbourhood, he asks some unusual questions.

In addition to inquiring about kids’ allergies and immunizations, he wants to know how many books parents have at home. He wants to know if they have a library card, and how much they sing to their children.

“The idea of this 30-million-word gap really rings true,” he says. “Because it’s something that we see every day.”

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Target Age
0-3 , 3-6
2000 Words to Grow , Current Research , Engagement , Skill Development
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