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School readiness among children of immigrants in the US: Evidence from a large national birth cohort study

  • Han, Wen-Jui
  • Lee, RaeHyuck
  • Waldfogel, Jane
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    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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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 771-782

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:4:p:771-782
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