Study: Mom's education can affect children's school performance

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A mother’s age and education can be a great indicator in how far a child can excel in reading and math, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.

According to the study, children of mothers who are 19 and older tend to enter kindergarten at higher levels of achievement that persists through eighth grade.

In looking at teen mothers or those who are 18 and younger, trends point to lower rates of high school completion and college enrollment for these women.

The study reinforces the importance of early intervention for teen moms and supporting them in their children’s learning, according to Sandra Tang, the study’s lead author.

The study also highlighted that teen mothers who do complete high school and continue their education have children who perform better in school than those who don’t complete.

For more information on the study, check out the Journal of Research on Adolescence.