Reading with a Caregiver

What is it?

Reading with a caregiver is based on the number of children in Grade 3 who reported reading “Every day or almost every day” with a parent, a guardian or another adult they live with on the EQAO student questionnaire.

Why is it important?

Reading with children is one way parents and caregivers can help develop literacy and communication skills. Research has shown that children who read with adults have greater language skills at school entry, which in turn enables children to succeed in school. Reading together also supports the development of bonds between caregivers and children, and helps to create a nurturing environment.

What does it mean?

In Toronto, there are differences in how often children read with a parent or caregiver. In 2014, 28% of children read with a caregiver. Figure 1 shows that the percent of children who read with a caregiver has been increasing over time. Figure 2 shows that male students reported reading with a caregiver less than female students. Figure 3 shows that English Language Learner (ELL) students reported reading less with a caregiver than non-ELL students. Figure 4 shows that children who were born in Canada were more likely to read with a caregiver than children who had spent less than 2 years in Canada.