TABLE 3–4 Percentage Distribution of First-Time Kindergartners by the Number of Times Each Week Family Members Read Books and Tell Stories to Them, by Child and Family Characteristics: Fall 1998

 

Reading

Characteristic

Not at All

1–2

3–6

Every Day

Total

1

19

35

45

Child’s Sex

Male

1

21

35

43

Female

1

17

35

47

Child’s Age at Entry

Born Jan.-Aug. 1992

1

16

40

44

Born Sep.-Dec. 1992

1

19

37

42

Born Jan.-Apr. 1993

1

19

35

45

Born May-Aug. 1993

1

19

35

45

Born Sep.-Dec. 1993

1

18

31

49

Mother’s Education

Less than high school

4

34

27

36

High school diploma or equivalent

1

24

36

39

Some college, including vocational/technical

*

15

40

45

Bachelor’s degree or higher

*

7

34

59

Family Type

Single mother

2

27

32

39

Single father

*

22

35

40

Two parent

1

16

36

47

Welfare Receipt

Utilized AFDC

3

32

28

38

Never utilized AFDC

1

17

36

46

Primary Language Spoken in Home

Non-English

4

28

30

38

English

1

17

36

46

Child’s Race/Ethnicity

White, non-Hispanic

1

13

37

49

Black, non-Hispanic

2

31

33

35

Asian

1

23

29

47



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