Table 1.

Sample Characteristics at Baseline*

Control
Group
Intervention
Group
Demographic characteristics
 Child gender, boys (%)5158
 Child age (mo)7.4 ± 1.77.3 ± 1.8
 Parental age (y)27.7 ± 6.4  26 ± 5.5
 Country of origin (%)
  Dominican Republic4449
  Guatemala3023
  Puerto Rico117
  US79
  Other812
Lived in US ≥5 y (%)6362
≥High school degree (%)4342
Single parents (%)5258
Medicaid (%)8789
Employed (%)3740
Spoke English well (%)2026
Spoke Spanish at home (%)9188
Read English and/or Spanish well (%)9089
Literacy characteristics
 Parent reads to child ≥3 d/wk (%)2423
 Parent reads to child (d/wk)1.5 ± 2.31.5 ± 2.5
 Reading books is one of parent's three
most favorite things to do with child (%)
1.43.0
 Parent has library card (%)2115
 Families with >5 children's books (%)1112
 Families with >10 total books (%)4949
  • * The table presents the demographic and literacy characteristics of the sample (controls vs intervention) at baseline. Data are presented in percentages or as mean ± SD. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups.