[kids-lib] Parents underestimate how early children can be affected by critical experiences

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Dec 16 15:34:03 PST 2016

I thought many of you might be interested in this. -Katie

From: alsc-l-request at lists.ala.org [mailto:alsc-l-request at lists.ala.org] On Behalf Of Saroj Ghoting
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:47 AM
To: 'ALSC' <alsc-l at lists.ala.org>
Subject: [alsc-l] FW: Zero to Three Parent Survey

Hello one and all,

Please excuse cross postings.

I thought this parent survey may be of interest to some of us. It was conducted by Zero to Three. Here are the major points summarized: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1424-national-parent-survey-overview-and-key-insights
Here is the full report: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1425-national-parent-survey-report

The information below may help us as we talk with parents/caregivers as to what to emphasize about child development and early literacy.

*         The time of most rapid brain development occurs during the first 3 years. While 63% of parents identified this correctly, more than 34% said that the time of most rapid brain growth is 3 to 5 years, a significant underestimation of the importance of the earliest years.

Parents overall consistently underestimate just how early children can be affected by some critical experiences:

  *   When asked at what age the quality of a parent's care has a long-term impact on a child's development, 50% of parents said this begins at 6 months or older, when in fact it starts at birth; 57% of parents say this begins at 3 months or older.
  *   When asked to identify the age at which children can begin to feel sad or fearful, 42% of parents say one year or older. In fact, this happens as early as 3-5 months. The majority of parents-59%-believe this begins at 6 months or older.
  *   Nearly half of parents think that reading to children starts to benefit long-term language development about a year and a half later than it actually does: 45% say the benefits start at 2 years or older. In reality, benefits begin at about 6 months.
  *   34% of parents believe that talking to children starts to benefit their language skills at a year old or later, when in fact it begins at birth. 63% of parents say the benefits of talking begin at 3 months or older.


Saroj Ghoting
Early Childhood Literacy Consultant
88 South Turnpike Road
Newfoundland, PA 18445
570.676.8613 landline
540.250.7413 cell
sghoting at gmail.com<mailto:sghoting at gmail.com>

Katie Anderson, MLS, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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