Programs encouraging low income parents to play with their children the way upper and middle class parents do are gaining attention as a means of improving the children’s school performance. Utah State University anthropologist David Lancy
questions the evidence supporting intervention, which is based in part of the work of University of Maryland sociologist Annette Lareau
. They discuss this nexis of race, class, achievement and parenting.
Here's a recent article from The Boston Globe
about parent-child play.