A significant percentage of Mexican-American children who matched their white counterparts in cognitive growth at 9 months of age had fallen behind by the time they turned 2, saysfrom the University of California, Berkeley.
The study was published in the May issue of the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy, was the lead author. The children are part of a longitudinal study of children born in 2001. About 950 Mexican-American children and 3,600 children of native-born, white mothers were included. The researchers tested children at age 2 on measures of memory, vocabulary, and rudimentary problem-solving skills.
A version of this article appeared in the April 15, 2015 edition of Education Week as Early Childhood