Immigrant Access to Early Care and Education

Researchers and policymakers agree: access to high quality early care and education programs is important to children’s readiness for school and success later in life. A growing body of evidence suggests this is particularly true for low-income children from immigrant families, who often face distinct  educational challenges because of poverty, geographic and social isolation, or insufficient home resources. Yet nationwide, these children enroll in high quality preschool programs significantly less often than other children. Through a combination of interviews, quantitative reports, and location-specific case studies, Urban researchers are working to identify the barriers to early education access for children of immigrants and offer policy solutions based on our analyses.

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