Covid-Era Babies Are ‘Talking’ Less, Signaling Future Reading Challenges

Article Summary:

“We know the pandemic has had a serious negative impact on the academic achievement of school-age children. But recent evidence shows we also need to worry about Covid-era babies and toddlers.

Because of Covid-related disruptions, about a third of early elementary students will likely need intensive support to become proficient readers, according to one study. Now two additional studies suggest that many children born during the pandemic will also be at risk for academic failure. It seems that overburdened parents haven’t been able to engage babies and toddlers in the kind of ‘conversation’ that is crucial for language development—and eventually, for reading.”

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