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Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K
The New York Times
Posted: January 17, 2014

“Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study 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.

Now a follow-up study has found a language gap as early as 18 months, heightening the policy debate.”

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Children, Too, Need Flu Shots
The New York Times
Posted: January 10, 2014

“Seasonal flu killed 830 children from 2004 to 2012, and 43 percent of them had no high-risk medical conditions. The rest of the children had neurological, pulmonary, cardiac and other serious disorders.”