Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose

A Report from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years.

In the United States, there is a widespread belief that teaching children to read early—in Kindergarten or even PreKindergarten—will help them be better readers in the long-run. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that this is so. How then did this idea take hold so strongly?

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