Kindergarten Readiness: Promoting Parental Engagement
The continual immigration of diverse, multiethnic, multicultural populations has presented the U.S. with a variety of unique language opportunities and challenges. The lack of language proficiency and comfortability creates a distinct gap in opportunities and therefore social and socio economic mobility to the populations affected (Espenshade and Fu, 291). In some language minority populations, parental engagement in their child’s early English education is lacking. This can be derived from a variety of factors, a prevalent one being the lack of formal training and accessible resources to aid them in better preparing their child, particularly in low-income communities. In this project, we discuss a method for developing and providing resources and training to better aid predominantly Spanish-speaking, low-income communities in engaging with preschooler’s (ages 3-5) early English education.