Status: Baseline only


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

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

Target: 63.2 percent

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.