Supporting children’s language and literacy learning environment in disadvantaged households in the United States: Challenges and opportunities

Children’s early learning experiences set the stage for later language trajectories and school success. In this talk, Dr. Luo will present findings on children’s language and literacy experiences in families from U.S. low-income, language-minority backgrounds. Specifically, the talk will discuss 1) SES disparities in children’s home learning environment and language outcomes; 2) Opportunities to support children’s language and literacy development in disadvantaged families; and 3) Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) as a useful strategy to develop culturally responsive early intervention for families in need.

Dr. Rufan Luo is an assistant professor of psychology in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University. Before joining ASU, she was an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers University, Camden. In her research, Dr. Luo works with young children, families, and teachers from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. Her work focuses on language and cognitive development, parent-child interactions, home and classroom learning environments, and sociocultural and ecological influences of early childhood development. She also conducts applied work by developing community-based, early language interventions and language assessment tools. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Child Development, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Reading Research Quarterly, Infancy, Early Education and Development, and Frontiers in Psychology.