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Learning To Teach The Youngest Learners

In the state's poorest households, some children grow up without books, without making trips to the library, and without family conversations that help build vocabularies. That puts many of these kids at an educational disadvantage at the beginning of life, increasing their risk of becoming high school dropouts.

Boston is trying to change that by knocking on doors at public housing projects to offer help to the poorest families in the city. The Boston Centers for Youth and Families is training low-income parents to be their children's first teacher, and to make their homes their children's first classroom. In this installment of our Project Dropout series, WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer visits Boston's Smart from the Start program.

This is an excerpt of a special Project Dropout report. To see and hear the entire story, go to ProjectDropout.org.

This program aired on April 1, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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