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Close to half of preschool-aged children in King County are told stories 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.

  • 46% of preschool-aged were told stories daily by family members; 11% were not told stories on any day of the previous week.
  • No characteristics of the family or respondent were significantly related to whether a child was told stories (data not shown).