ERIC Number: ED420406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
An Examination of Hispanic Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Programs.
Kelty, Joanne Mary
A bilingual survey was developed to register the feelings of parents toward involvement in their children's preschool and kindergarten and to determine the unique needs of parents during interactions with the schools. The survey was tested with 50 parents, and the results were tabulated to determine differences between the feelings of Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents. Findings indicated that Hispanic parents are comfortable with the parent activities at the child development center their children attend. The Spanish-speaking parents are most comfortable with the parent conference format and the interactive workshop format, but less comfortable with the home visit format. The degree of outreach success of various school activities was noted and included the enrollment process, open house, home visits, parent conference, telephone conference with a teacher, and the Friendship Celebration. Important issues parents considered before participating in these events included child care, transportation, and personal contact with the school. Hispanic parents rated personal contact with the school prior to an event as the most important element in making them feel comfortable. Based on the findings, recommendations are offered for further encouraging Hispanic parents to participate in school activities. (Spanish and English language versions of the survey are included, as well as sample comments from both groups of parents.) (JPB)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic Americans, Kindergarten, Parent Attitudes, Parent Background, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Workshops, Preschool Education, Preschool Evaluation, School Surveys, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Project, Grand Valley State University.