Pre-K and Latinos: The Foundation for America’s Future

This report provides policy-makers and educators with critical data on how Hispanic children fare academically compared to their peers. Providing Hispanics with much greater access to high-quality pre-K is critical to helping States meet the standards and mandates of No Child Left Behind. Programs, practices, and policies that promote Latino children’s education and life success are described. To maximize the benefits of increased Latino participation in pre-K, programs should be structured to build upon the existing strengths within Latino communities, including strong family bonds, a high value on educational achievement, and widespread support for public education and social systems. Latinos lack access to the high-quality early education experiences that will foster their achievement and educational success. Because Latino children are significantly underrepresented in high-quality pre-K programs, State leaders need to pay attention to the extent to which expansion efforts are both increasing Hispanic participation in pre-K and improving the cultural and linguistic appropriateness of available programs. Hispanic parents need to be informed about the availability of programs in their communities. The movement to establish free, voluntary pre-K for all children must be responsive to the needs of Latino children and their families. Policy solutions are recommended on the following topics: effective outreach, home language, bilingual staff, parent involvement, enrollment requirements, research, local resources, curricula, diverse delivery, and eligibility criteria.


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Pre-K Now

Author(s)Eugene E Garcia, Danielle M Gonzales
Organization(s):Pre-K Now
SubmitterAriana Sani

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Demographic Studies, Family Engagement, National Studies, Workforce Composition, ELL