A pediatric literacy education program for low socioeconomic, culturally diverse families

Marissa Diener, Cheryl Wright, Jennifer Julian, Carrie Byington

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The objective of this research project is to describe parent-child activities and literacy experiences of low-income families attending an urban pediatric clinic. These data were used to educate clinic pediatricians about the needs of their patients and to facilitate the implementation of a literacy education program. Two hundred twenty-four primary caregivers of children between the ages of 1 and 5 years who spoke Spanish or English participated in clinic interviews. These low-income, diverse families engaged in many everyday activities that could facilitate the language and literacy development of their children. Barriers to greater literacy orientation among families included lack of access to children's books and limited use of libraries. Families most at risk for low child literacy orientation were recent immigrants (primarily from Mexico) who spoke English as a second language and had not completed high school. The knowledge of everyday parent-child activities, barriers to literacy, and the identification of families at risk for low literacy orientation were used to develop a pediatric literacy program that would meet the needs of the specific clinic population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-159
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Childhood Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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