Research Report Supporting Immigrant Families' Access to Prekindergarten
Julia Gelatt, Gina Adams, Sandra Huerta
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Children of immigrants can benefit from attending prekindergarten, though they enroll less, on average, than children with US-born parents. This detailed report draws on interviews conducted with over 40 prekindergarten directors and staff, directors of early childhood education programs, and other specialists to present strategies for improving prekindergarten enrollment among immigrant families and English Language Learners. This includes strategies for outreach to support prekindergarten enrollment; helping immigrant families overcome language, documentation, and other logistical barriers when enrolling their children in prekindergarten programs; and building trust and good relationships with immigrant parents and designing immigrant- and ELL-friendly programs.
Research Areas Education Social safety net Race and equity Immigrants and immigration
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Racial and ethnic disparities K-12 education Immigrant access to the safety net Immigrant children, families, and communities Federal, state, and local immigration and integration policy Immigrant communities and racial equity Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial equity in education
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population