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CLASP Examines Children of Immigrants and Their Participation in Early Learning

2/9/2006:   One in five kids in the United States has at least one foreign-born parent. While evidence shows that children of immigrants stand to benefit from early learning programs, they are less likely than other children to participate. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) decided to look at the issue closer, examining children's participation rates in different early care and learning arrangements.

CLASP's findings reveal that:
  • At age 3, 30% of children of immigrants, compared to 38% of children of U.S.-born citizens, attend preschool.

  • At age 4, 55% of children of immigrants attend preschool or kindergarten, compared to 63% of children of U.S-born citizens.

  • At ages 4 and 5, larger numbers of children of immigrants attend kindergarten than do U.S.-born citizens. The latter attend preschool at higher rates at both ages.

  • Families from Central America, Indochina, Mexico, and the Pacific Islands have the lowest rates of enrolling their children, ages 3-5, in preschool or kindergarten.
The findings are published in a report, Reaching All Children? Understanding Early Care and Education Participation Among Immigrant Families

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