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Nonparental caregivers, parents, and early academic achievement among children from Latino/a immigrant households

Drawing on ecological systems and social capital perspectives, this study uses the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort to investigate links between early nonparental caregiver beliefs about early academic skills and children's math and reading achievement in kindergarten with special attention to the children from Latino/a immigrant households. Regression analyses revealed that nonparental caregiver beliefs were associated with academic achievement at kindergarten entry and that types of alignment or misalignment between nonparental caregiver and parental beliefs were differentially associated with math achievement but not reading. Notably, the association between nonparental caregiver beliefs and children's academic achievement was more consequential for children from Latino/a immigrant households. Results suggest that having nonparental caregivers with low early academic skills beliefs may be especially detrimental for children from Latino/a immigrant households. (author abstract)
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