Children under age 6 whose family members read to them less than 3 days per week

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Children under age 6 whose family members read to them less than 3 days per week

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.





Definitions: Children younger than age six were included if the respondent indicated that family members read to the child less than three days in the past week.

Data Source: Child Trends analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, National Survey of Children’s Health. 

The state-level data used here come from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The NSCH includes information on over 102,000 children under age 18, with roughly 2,000 children per state. Households were selected through a random-digit-dial sample, and one child was randomly selected in each household. Information on each child is based on responses of the parent or guardian in the household who was most knowledgeable about the sampled child’s health. Information was collected via a computer-assisted telephone interview. For more information on the NSCH, see

Data for the 2011-2012 NSCH were collected February 2011 through June 2012. Additionally, cell phones were contacted for the first time in 2011-2012, so trend comparisons should be made with caution.

Footnotes: Updated October 2015.
S - Estimates suppressed when the relative standard error was greater than or equal to 30%, indicating small sample sizes. 
N.A. – Data not available.
Percentages exclude missing data. Weighted percentages were applied to the estimates of those missing to derive overall estimates for the number of children.