Sunday, July 27, 2014

Immigrants' barriers in early childhood education research

Immigrant parents face significant barriers as they try to engage with their children's early educational experiences, including greatly restricted access for many due to limited English proficiency and functional literacy. Parental engagement is critical for young children's early cognitive and socioemotional development, and for their participation in programs that are designed to support early learning. Reducing the barriers to parent engagement in early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs would encourage school success, and help many young children of immigrants close the gaps in kindergarten readiness with their native peers.
McHugh, M., & Park, M. (2014). Immigrant parents and early childhood programs. Migration Policy Institute.

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