This study explored the role that fathers play in the language development of their children. Families were two-parent and middle social economic status. All families spoke English in the home. Children had been in child care since, on average, three months of age. Findings show that children, whose fathers' vocabularies were more varied when they were two, had greater language skills at age three. Mothers' vocabularies did not have a significant impact on children's language skills. Data indicate that parents' levels of education had a significant impact on children's language abilities. In this study, high quality child care accounted for an additional eight percent in the variance, but accounted for less variance than family language.
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