The Children From Immigrant Families

1865 WordsApr 4, 20158 Pages
Children from immigrant families are less likely to attend Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programs than their native counterparts, based on language barriers, bureaucratic complexity, and distrust of government programs, especially among undocumented immigrants (Karoly & Gonzalez, 2011). This continued distrust of government programs, I believe, is the problem that impedes immigrant parents from enrolling their children into ECCE programs despite the possibilities of them being qualify for government subsidies. After conversations with clients at our Head Start Center, based on goals set upon registration, four out of five (80%) of parents questioned did not keep up with the goals out of fear of repercussions due to their or their children’s immigration status. Eighty percent were so fearful, that even the possibilities of applying for medical insurance or food subsidies were never explored for their family. However, when questioned on their own knowledge of the program and what it entailed, 100% of the parents questioned really did not fully understand the program, but was referred by other immigrants within their ethnic group. According to research cited by Karoly & Gonzalez, (2011), among immigrant children under age eighteen, 28% are in linguistically isolated families (minimal to no English speakers), 26% families with no high school diploma and 22 % below the poverty line families. This they posited causes a problem for immigrant children, in
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