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The Next GenerationImmigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective$
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Richard Alba and Mary C. Waters

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814707425

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814707425.001.0001

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Early Childhood Education Programs

Early Childhood Education Programs

Accounting for Low Enrollment in Immigrant and Minority Families

(p.46) 3 Early Childhood Education Programs
The Next Generation

Donald J. Hernandez

Nancy A. Denton

Suzanne Macartney

NYU Press

This chapter investigates educational enrollment at the preschool level for three-, four-, and five-year-olds in the United States, in order to explore racial, ethnic, and nativity differences in these beneficial programs. Despite the fact that preschool programs could be especially valuable for children from immigrant homes, these children are less likely to be enrolled than native-born children. The chapter analyzes the factors associated with enrollment in order to explain the immigrant-origin disadvantage, concluding that socioeconomic differences matter more than culture and immigrant status do in explaining low prekindergarten enrollment. Especially relevant are the elevated poverty rates among many immigrant groups and the high cost of nursery school and preschool, which is not uniformly provided free of charge by the state.

Keywords:   educational enrollment, preschool programs, immigrant-origin disadvantage, socioeconomic differences, poverty rates

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