Early Achievement Gaps
Even before they walk or enter preschool, children from poor families trail behind their more advantaged peers on measures rating their behavior and cognitive abilities, according to a report from Child Trends.
The study by the Washington-based research group also finds similar gaps between minority children and white children, between children of mothers with a high school diploma or less and those whose mothers are more educated, and between children growing up in Spanish-speaking homes and those from English-speaking households. Moreover, the study shows, the disparities widen as children get older.
The findings are based on data from the federal Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, which tracks a nationally representative set of infants born in 2001. The authors say the results speak to the need for programs that target disadvantaged children from birth.
Vol. 28, Issue 37, Page 5Published in Print: August 12, 2009, as Early Achievement Gaps