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67% of preschool-aged children in King County are read to daily by parents or other family members.

Reading to young children promotes language development and sets the stage for success in school.  Listening to stories can help children build confidence and deal with their feelings.  In 2011, parents were asked how often in the previous week they or someone in their family had (a) read aloud to, and (b) told stories to each child age birth to 5 years.

Among King County children birth to 5 years,

  • 67% were read aloud to daily by a parent or other family member. 
  • Only 3% of children were not read to at all.

Reading to children was not predicted by parental age, gender, employment status, military service, or relationship status (data not shown).