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ERIC Number: EJ1046134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
Supporting Families and Developing Parent Advocates and Leaders among the Immigrant Chinese Community in Boston
Ng, Elaine
Voices in Urban Education, n37 p38-46 Sum 2013
Nationally, many resources are spent on programs to ameliorate poor educational and economic outcomes for our children and families, in particular for urban and immigrant families. Programs like the federally funded Head Start, Community Development Block Grants, and thousands of nonprofits across the nation provide out-of-school-time academic and non-cognitive skill development programs for children. However, most programs focus on individual children, without considering the context in which children live--the family and their communities. The long-held tendency of social service programs to work with individuals rather than families has created uncoordinated and siloed prevention, intervention, and treatment programs and has failed to move families out of poverty and improve educational outcomes for children. To counter this siloed approach, organizations like the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) are, increasingly, providing services for whole families within the context of their communities. A community organization provides integrated services to immigrant families, grounded in their culture and language, to help parents build on their strengths and support the family's education, health, and social needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts