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ERIC Number: ED198952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Testimony to California Governor's Advisory Council on Child Development Programs - Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Los Angeles, California, February 14, 1981).
Suarez, Cecilia Cota-Robles
Linguistically and culturally relevant child care services should be made available for the large population of Hispanic children in the United States. Child care services must be linguistically and culturally relevant because the rejection of first language and culture can hinder the psychological and social development of minority children. One research study indicates that low self- concept among Chicano Spanish-speaking students is related to their school's restriction on speaking Spanish in school. Conversely, another study finds that East Los Angeles Chicano adolescents who identify with the Chicano culture are better adjusted, more adaptive to conflicts and more open-minded. The Hispanic child should not be subjected to a hostile child care program, such as one based in deprived model theory. The predominant theory used in early childhood education programs for minority children, the deprived model assumes that low-income or minority children have deficient home experiences and supports the notion that the minority child is incapable of functioning adequately in an educational setting. A bilingual, culturally relevant child care environment based on children's needs, interests, culture and language should be provided for the Hispanic child. (At the conclusion of this argument six recommendations for the provision of child care to Hispanic children are offered.) (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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