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Unformatted text preview: The Family: America’s Smallest School Policy Information Report 1 Table of Contents Preface ...........................................................................................................2 Acknowledgments .........................................................................................2 Highlights ......................................................................................................3 Introduction ..................................................................................................6 The Parent-Pupil Ratio .................................................................................8 What Research Reveals .......................................................................8 Out-of-Wedlock Births ......................................................................10 Number of Parents in the Home ......................................................11 The New Inequality ...........................................................................13 Family Finances ..........................................................................................14 Median Family Income .....................................................................15 Children Living in Poverty ................................................................16 Food Insecurity ..................................................................................17 Parent Employment ..........................................................................17 Literacy Development in Young Children .................................................19 Early Language Acquisition ..............................................................19 Reading to Young Children ...............................................................20 The Child Care Dimension .........................................................................23 A Look at Day Care for the Nation’s 2-Year-Olds .............................23 Type of Day Care .......................................................................24 Quality of Day Care ...................................................................25 The Home as an Educational Resource .....................................................26 Literacy Materials in the Home ........................................................26 Technology .........................................................................................27 A Place to Study .................................................................................28 Dealing With Distractions .................................................................28 The Parent–School Relationship ................................................................32 Getting Children to School ...............................................................32 Parent Involvement in School ..........................................................34 Putting It Together: Estimating the Impact of Family and Home Factors on Student Achievement ................................37Family and Home Factors on Student Achievement ....
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