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Parental Involvement in Learning: Statistics

— National Institute for Literacy
Updated on Jul 26, 2007

The National Household Education Survey found the following for 3-5 year olds not yet enrolled in kindergarten in 1999:

  • 61% whose mother's highest education was less than high school were read to three or more times in the past week by a family member, compared with
  • 76% whose mother had a high school diploma or equivalent,
  • 85% whose mother had completed vocational education or some college,
  • 91% whose mother had a college degree, and
  • 93% whose mother had a graduate/professional degree or training.
  • 36% visited a library at least once in the last month with a family member,
  • 39% did arts and crafts three or more times in the past week with a family member,
  • 64% were taught letters, words, or numbers three or more times in the past week by a family member,
  • 81% were read to three or more times in the past week by a family member,
  • 50% were told a story three or more times in the past week by a family member, and
  • 49% were taught songs and music three or more times in the past week by a family member.

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study found the following for kindergarteners in the fall of 1998:

  • 46% of parents read to their children every day.
  • 62% of parents with a high socioeconomic status read to their children every day, compared to
  • 36% of parents with a low socioeconomic status.

The 1997 National Survey of America's Families found the following children were read to or told stories fewer than 3 days a week:

  • 24% of children living below 200% of the poverty level, compared to 10% of children living above 200% of the poverty level, and
  • 24% of children in one-parent families, compared to 15% of children living in two-parent families.

The National Household Education Survey found the following for parents with children in grades K-12 in 1999:

  • 92.0% reported attending a general meeting, a scheduled meeting with a teacher, a school event, acting as a volunteer, or serving on a committee,
  • 79.0% reported attending a general meeting in their child's school,
  • 73.0% reported attending a scheduled meeting with a teacher; and
  • 66.2% reported attending a school event.

Parents who reported acting as a volunteer or serving on a committee in 1999:

  • 13.5% had less than a high school education,
  • 26.7% had a high school diploma/GED,
  • 38.1% had some college/vocational/technical education,
  • 50.4% had a bachelor's degree, and
  • 54.6% had a graduate/professional school education.

Percentage of parents who reported attending a school event in 1999:

  • 39.2% had less than a high school education,
  • 59.0% had a high school diploma/GED,
  • 67.2% had some college/vocational/technical education,
  • 76.2% had a bachelor's degree, and
  • 79.0% had a graduate/professional school education.

Percentage of parents who reported attending a scheduled meeting with a teacher in 1999:

  • 61.6% had less than a high school education,
  • 69.6% had a high school diploma/GED,
  • 74.4% had some college/vocational/technical education,
  • 79.1% had a bachelor's degree, and
  • 75.3% had a graduate/professional school education.
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