Language and Literacy for Mexican-American Toddlers

The Institute of Human Development at the University of California has released a study revealing that Mexican-American toddlers born in the US do not develop language and pre-literacy skills as quickly as white children. The study suggests on average Latino parents are less likely to invite their children to speak at an early age. This raises sensitive questions about parenting especially among poor, foreign-born parents. The full study appears in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Research shows that mothers of Latino young school aged children who work outside of the home are more likely to introduce their kids to educational tv and digital media as well as enter dialogues about parenting with co-workers. Read more here.

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