When it comes to reading to your child, new report says start early

BY Kyla Calvert  June 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM EDT

Jeffrey Brown and Dr. Pamela High discuss strategies for parents and how to interact with your children during “screen-time” activities.

According to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics published this week, pediatricians should tell parents of young children about the importance of reading to their child everyday, starting in infancy and continuing until the child is at least kindergarten-aged.

“[E]very year,” the statement’s author Dr. Pamela High wrote, “one in three American children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.” And reading aloud to a child is one of the most effective ways to impart those skills.

Tune in to Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour for Jeffrey Brown’s full conversation with High about the role doctors can play in getting more parents to read to their children.