Expanding Preschool Access for Children of Immigrants: Executive Summary

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Expanding Preschool Access for Children of Immigrants: Executive Summary

Abstract

Children of immigrants are a growing share of the nation’s future workforce, yet their enrollment in preschool—central to school readiness and success later in life—continues to lag behind that of their peers with US-born parents. This study explores strategies in four communities with unusually high rates of enrollment among low-income immigrant families and negligible (or nonexistent) gaps in enrollment between children of immigrants and children of US-born parents: Dearborn, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; King County, Washington; and Houston, Texas. By continuously improving the fit between programs and communities, stakeholders in these sites provide a strong start for children of immigrants and serve as trusted institutions in immigrant communities. Findings from this study support recommendations for state and local policymakers working to expand preschool access for children of immigrants.

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