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ERIC Number: EJ867301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Prescriptions to Read: Early Literacy Promotion outside the Classroom
Billings, Elsa S.
Literacy Teaching and Learning, v13 n1-2 p81-101 2009
This descriptive study examined the impact that an early literacy promotion program, Reach Out and Read (ROR), had on the literacy beliefs, frequency, and quality of literacy activities among low-income, multiracial families, particularly the Latino community. The study also explored parents' perceptions of ROR and its impact on them, their children, and their families. ROR is a pediatric-based early literacy promotion program. This study focused on one ROR program in which pediatricians-in-training provided free books and literacy advice to parents through "prescriptions to read" with their child at least 10 minutes every day. Participants included 22 parents attending an ROR clinic and 15 parents attending a non-ROR clinic. Results were mixed, showing ROR had a positive impact on the children and families it serves by increasing access to books. Yet, results equally show that this positive impact is not as significant or as broad as it might be, demonstrating room for improvement. Factors such as the role of linguistic and cultural capital in the development of early literacy programs that serve ethnically and linguistically diverse families are discussed. In addition, the study raises questions around the implications of experts from other fields providing literacy guidance and advice to parents. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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