Published Online: April 21, 2015
Published in Print: April 22, 2015, as English-Language Learners

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"Differing Cognitive Trajectories of Mexican American Toddlers: The Role of Class, Nativity, and Maternal Practices"

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A significant percentage of Mexican-American children who matched their white counterparts in cognitive growth at 9 months old had fallen behind by the time they reached age 2, according to a study from the University of California, Berkeley.

For the study, published in the May issue of the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, lead author Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy, tracked the development of about 950 Mexican-American children and 3,600 children of native-born white mothers.

About half of white toddlers showed strong cognitive growth by age 2, compared with 22 percent of Mexican-American toddlers. A quarter of Mexican-American and white youngsters had poor cognitive growth. Other research has found that based on such measures as social and emotional growth and physical health, young Mexican-American children are similar to white children.

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