Published Online: October 8, 2004
Published in Print: October 6, 2004, as Kindergarten Readiness

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Kindergarten Readiness

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The key predictors of whether a child will be ready for kindergarten are the educational level of his or her mother and the degree of poverty in the child’s neighborhood, a study of 3,000 families in Los Angeles County has found.

Conducted by the RAND Corp., a Santa Monica, Calif.-based research organization, the study notes that even when other home factors are taken into account, 4- and 5-year-old children of well-educated women generally do better on reading and math tests than youngsters with less educated mothers.

Vol. 24, Issue 06, Page 13

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