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ERIC Number: ED502112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Latino Public Opinion Survey of Pre-Kindergarten Programs: Knowledge, Preferences, and Public Support
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
Valencia, Perez & Echeveste (VPE) and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) designed a survey to capture Latino adults' opinions about the benefits, importance, and costs associated with enrolling children in pre-kindergarten programs. The objective of the survey was to gauge support for government-subsidized pre-kindergarten programs among the Latino community and better understand Latino motivators and barriers in order to develop effective, culturally-relevant messages to increase support for pre-kindergarten programs. In designing the survey instrument, items from previous Pre-K Now surveys were favored to provide consistent comparisons. The parameters of the sample address two concerns voiced in conversations with Pre-K Now project staff about the study: (1) that Latinos in non-traditional states are represented; and (2) non-Mexican ancestry respondents are adequately represented to make reliable comparison. In order to better understand the opinions of the diverse Latino community, the survey sample targeted Latino respondents from four non-traditional states (Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee) and six traditional states (California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New York and New Jersey) and respondents from four different ethnic subgroups (Mexican, Central American, Cuban, and Puerto Rican/Dominican). Results indicate strong support for pre-kindergarten programming across both sub-ethnic and state-of-residence groups. Local elementary school and school teachers emerged as preferred resources for seeking information about and enrolling children in pre-kindergarten programs. Academic and literacy reasons were perceived as strong arguments and true reasons for enrolling children in pre-kindergarten. Overall, there was strong support for government responsibility in funding pre-kindergarten programming, albeit with some differences along socio-economic status. This survey also addresses some knowledge gaps for certain demographic groups in the Latino community: the most-often cited reason for not enrolling children in pre-kindergarten programs is that parents may not know where to enroll children, and evidence indicates that parents may not know that there are multiple sources of pre-kindergarten information. (Contains 5 tables.) [Survey conducted for Pre-K Now.]
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, Ralph and Goldie Lewis Hall, 650 Childs Way Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626. Tel: 213-821-5615; Fax: 213-821-1976; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Policy Inst., Claremont, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; California; Georgia; Illinois; New Jersey; North Carolina; Tennessee; Texas