Percent of Children Read and Sung To
Statistic Verification
Source: U.S. Department of Education
Research Date: 11.23.2013
It has been proven that reading and singing to your children helps them master language development, increases a child’s attention span, and develops a child’s ability to express themselves more confidently, easily, and clearly in spoken and written terms. The following represents the percent of children who are read or sung to on a daily basis.
Percentage of children read to, told stories, and sung to daily in a typical week
Age Read Stories To Told Stories To Sung To
9 mo 2 yr 4 yr 9 mo 2 yr 4 yr 9 mo 2 yr 4 yr
Total 32.5 % 45.3 % 38.6 % 27.2 % 28.0 % 22.8 % 73.5 % 67.6 % 49.7 %
Sex
Male Child 32.0 43.2 37.5 27.4 26.8 21.6 72.6 64.6 44.5
Female Child 33.1 47.5 39.7 27.0 29.4 24.1 74.5 70.8 55.2
Race / Ethnicity
White 40.7 59.3 50.5 31.0 32.3 25.6 74.9 69.9 50.7
Black 22.6 24.7 20.5 23.9 20.9 19.0 73.2 68.5 54.3
Hispanic 21.4 27.2 23.3 21.1 22.7 19.0 70.3 62.6 45.0
Asian 26.4 42.2 38.1 24.7 31.1 27.4 70.1 60.9 40.5
Pacific Islander 19.6 27.8 35.8 38.9 39.7 30.4 81.3 84.7 53.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 18.5 29.8 25.3 22.9 22.7 17.5 63.7 55.5 45.2
Mixed Races 35.3 47.2 39.5 29.5 29.4 20.6 81.5 70.2 56.2
Poverty Status
In poverty 22.3 27.9 21.3 24.3 22.6 20.6 67.3 63.3 47.4
At or above poverty 35.8 50.7 44.3 28.2 29.8 23.6 75.6 68.9 50.5
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