Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K

An article in today's New York Times reports on a study that found that "by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated parents, giving them a distinct advantage in school and suggesting the need for increased investment in prekindergarten programs." 

Rather than forcing flashcards on students the experts emphasized the importance of natural conversations with children and helping children identify words during playtime. 

The City of Providence, RI is piloting a solution called "Providence Talks," low-income children will be given recording devices to calculate how many words they hear, and then the program will coach parents. (Read about it here)

What other programs are out there to boost children's vocabularies?