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

Wen Jui Han, Rae Hyuck Lee, Jane Waldfogel

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-782
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • ECLS-B
  • English proficiency
  • Family SES
  • Foreign-born
  • Immigrants
  • School readiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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