Fulfilling the Promise of Preschool for All

Research Report

Fulfilling the Promise of Preschool for All

Insights into Issues Affecting Access for Selected Immigrant Groups in Chicago
August 5, 2009

Abstract

The study involved interviews with families from Nigeria and Pakistan living on Chicago's North Side to examine their experiences and perspectives around accessing Illinois' universal preschool program, Preschool for All (PFA). Researchers conducted focus groups with parents and spoke with PFA providers for their perspective on issues families raised. The findings suggest Nigerian and Pakistani families can face numerous barriers accessing Preschool for All. While some barriers are unique to their immigration status, others are experienced by other low-income and vulnerable families as well. The report concludes with implications for policy and recommendations for future research.

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