Early home learning environment predicts children’s 5th grade academic skills

Catherine Tamis-Lemonda, Rufan Luo, Karen E. McFadden, Eileen T. Bandel, Claire Vallotton

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We examined whether the early learning environment predicts children’s 5th grade skills in 2,204 families from ethnically diverse, low-income backgrounds; tested the mediating roles of children’s pre-kindergarten school-related skills and later learning environment; and asked whether lagged associations generalize across White, Black, Hispanic English-speaking, and Hispanic Spanish-speaking samples. Children’s early learning environment comprised measures of literacy activities, the quality of mothers’ engagements with children, and learning materials assessed at 14 months, 2 and 3 years, and at pre-kindergarten; learning environments were again assessed in 5th grade. At pre-kindergarten and in 5th grade, children were assessed on pre-academic and academic skills respectively. Early learning environments predicted children’s 5th grade academic skills, and children’s pre-kindergarten skills and 5th grade learning environment mediated longitudinal associations. The early learning environment supports the emergence of pre-academic skills that are stable into early adolescence, and pathways generalize across ethnic/racial groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Developmental Science
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StateAccepted/In press - Aug 4 2017

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Early home learning environment predicts children’s 5th grade academic skills. / Tamis-Lemonda, Catherine; Luo, Rufan; McFadden, Karen E.; Bandel, Eileen T.; Vallotton, Claire.

In: Applied Developmental Science, 04.08.2017, p. 1-17.

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Tamis-Lemonda, Catherine ; Luo, Rufan ; McFadden, Karen E. ; Bandel, Eileen T. ; Vallotton, Claire. / Early home learning environment predicts children’s 5th grade academic skills. In: Applied Developmental Science. 2017 ; pp. 1-17.
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