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ERIC Number: EJ888680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The Importance of Quality Early Childhood Education
Rivera, Miquela
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n3 p61-63 Nov 2008
Early childhood education can level the academic playing field for Latino children entering school by supporting what parents are doing at home to teach their children the skills necessary to succeed. Yet, only 20% of Latino children under the age of 5 are enrolled in preschool. Many Latinos don't understand why early childhood education is important. If informed, however, parents can ensure their child's early years are spent in quality settings based on informed choices. This article discusses how schools should raise parents' awareness of the importance of quality early childhood education. Early childhood education programs should be flexible, family-friendly, and support parents. Outreach should be directed toward Latinos so that they understand that school is good for their children. Ongoing communication between parents and school is crucial. The teaching staff must be integrated and reflect the community it serves. Some key points in determining a child's outcome are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A