Outcomes of a Universal Shared Reading Intervention by 2 Years of Age: The Let's Read Trial
Sharon Goldfeld, Natasha Napiza, Jon Quach, Sheena Reilly, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Melissa Wake
Pediatrics | AMER ACAD PEDIATRICS | Published : 2011
BACKGROUND: Early shared reading and literacy promotion benefits have stimulated international interest in the development of early-years literacy-promotion programs despite limited evidence of effectiveness at a broader population level. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a population-based primary care literacy promotion intervention during the first 2 years of life improves early markers of subsequent literacy by 2 years of age. DESIGN AND METHODS: This cluster randomized controlled trial took place in 5 relatively disadvantaged areas in Melbourne, Australia. Infants attending their maternal and child health centers were recruited at age 1-2 months. The intervention (4-8, 12, and 18 months) ..View full abstract
The project was funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Dr Goldfeld's postdoctoral position is funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Population Health Capacity Building Grant. Professor Wake is partially funded by NHMRC Career Development Awards and Professor Reilly by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. We thank Carly Veness who helped us finalize the manuscript. We also sincerely thank all the participating children, parents, and maternal and child health nurses.