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ERIC Number: ED541037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 384
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-9831-5911-7
Young Children of Black Immigrants in America: Changing Flows, Changing Faces
Capps, Randy, Ed.; Fix, Michael, Ed.
Migration Policy Institute
The child population in the United States is rapidly changing and diversifying--in large part because of immigration. Today, nearly one in four US children under the age of 18 is the child of an immigrant. While research has focused on the largest of these groups (Latinos and Asians), far less academic attention has been paid to the changing Black child population, with the children of Black immigrants representing an increasing share of the US Black child population. To better understand a unique segment of the child population, chapters in this interdisciplinary volume examine the health, well-being, school readiness, and academic achievement of children in Black immigrant families (most with parents from Africa and the Caribbean). The volume explores the migration and settlement experiences of Black immigrants to the United States, focusing on contextual factors such as family circumstances, parenting behaviors, social supports, and school climate that influence outcomes during early childhood and the elementary and middle-school years. Many of its findings hold important policy implications for education, health care, child care, early childhood development, immigrant integration, and refugee assistance. Chapters include: (1) Contemporary Black Caribbean Immigrants in the United States (Kevin J.A. Thomas); (2) New Streams: Black African Migration to the United States (Randy Capps, Kristen McCabe, and Michael Fix); (3) Young Children in Black Immigrant Families from Africa and the Caribbean (Donald J. Hernandez); (4) Black and Immigrant: Exploring the Effects of Ethnicity and Foreign-Born Status on Infant Health (Tiffany L. Green); (5) Parenting Behavior, Health, and Cognitive Development among Children in Black Immigrant Families: Comparing the United States and United Kingdom (Margot Jackson); (6) Patterns and Predictors of School Readiness and Early Childhood Success among Young Children in Black Immigrant Families (Danielle A. Crosby and Angel S. Dunbar); (7) Circumstances and Outcomes among Black Immigrant Mothers and their Young Children: Evidence from Palm Beach County, Florida (Lauren Rich, Julie Spielberger, and Angela Valdovinos D'Angelo); (8) Transnational Parenting: Child Fostering in Ghanaian Immigrant Families (Cati Coe); (9) Beyond Black: Diversity among Black Immigrant Students in New York City Public Schools (Fabienne Doucet, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Elizabeth Debraggio); (10) The Academic Development of Black Foreign-Born Students in Miami-Dade County Schools (Dylan Conger and Megan Hatch); and (11) Will the Paradox Hold? Uncovering the Path to Academic Success for Young Children of Black Immigrants (Carola Suarez-Orozco).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Florida; Ghana; New York; United Kingdom; United States