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Family Social Capital, Family Routines, and School-Readiness Skills of Asian American, Black, and Latinx Kindergarten Children

Sun, April 19, 12:25 to 1:55pm, Virtual Room


The rising number of ethnic minority children entering kindergarten highlights the importance of understanding these children in the contexts of their families. Using the Integrative model as our framework, we examined how family social capital and routines associate with school readiness skills in cognitive and social domains (mathematics achievement, working memory, cognitive flexibility, social competence) of 5 to 6-year-olds Asian-American (n = 1,926), Black (n= 1,211), and Latinx kindergarten children (n = 3,637). We found family social capital (maternal age, expectations for children, close grandparents) and family routines (TV watching rule, reading routine) associated positively with school readiness skills for Asian-American, Black, and Latinx kindergarten children after controlling for income and child characteristics. We discussed implications for early education professionals.