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Literacy gap between Latino and white toddlers starts early, study shows

April 2, 2015
English Language LearnersOutcomes
Teresa Watanabe
LA Times

Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study released Thursday. 

The UC Berkeley study found that four-fifths of the nation’s Mexican American toddlers lagged three to five months behind whites in preliteracy skills, oral language and familiarity with print materials.