Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
55.0 percent (2018-19)

63.2 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

58.3 percent of children aged 5 years and under had parents or caregivers who reported that someone in their family read to the child 4 or more days in the past week in 2016-17

Increase the proportion of children whose family read to them at least 4 days per week

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Reading to young children improves their language and literacy skills, and it’s linked to both better behavior and better health. Reading out loud is also a way for parents and children to share routines and regular positive interactions. Early intervention programs and national initiatives can help raise awareness about the importance of reading to children.