Hispanic Preschool Education: An Important Opportunity [ERIC Digest]

Wendy Schwartz

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Hispanic parents have been slow to overcome their historical reluctance to turn their young children over to nonfamily members for care, but the educational boost preschool provides is particularly important for the one-quarter of Hispanic American families who are poor by Federal guidelines. This digest describes the strategies and programs specially designed to meet the early education needs of Hispanic children, and reviews efforts to recruit the children, involve their parents, provide parent education, and provide a range of social services. Persuasive and culturally sensitive recruitment strategies, especially if implemented in the parents' native language, are useful in bringing children to preschool programs of various types. Preschools that serve bilingual and multicultural students do well to draw on the children's native cultures and languages. Most early education programs emphasize literacy development, whether monolingual or bilingual. Regardless of other competencies, the teachers of nonnative English speaking children should be able to communicate in the children's home language and be sensitive to their cultural backgrounds. (Contains 24 references.) 

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Wendy Schwartz. Hispanic Preschool Education: An Important Opportunity [ERIC Digest] (1996). ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education: New York, NY. (4 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Dept. of Education

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ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education
Box 40 , Teachers College
Columbia University
New York, NY
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