School readiness among children of immigrants in the US: Evidence from a large national birth cohort study
Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (n≈6800), we examined the factors explaining variation in school readiness in a large and nationally representative sample of children in immigrant and non-immigrant families. In OLS regression models with rich controls to account for selection, we found that language background was a key factor in explaining children of immigrants' expressive language and early reading at kindergarten, whereas both socioeconomic status and language background helped explain their performance in math.
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