The immigrant and refugee communities in the United States continue to increase. Denver, Colorado and Portland, Maine are two U.S. cities that reflect the changing demographics across the country. As these cities evolve and adjust to serve new populations, it becomes necessary to rethink deep-rooted culturally constructed patterns and traditions that do not take into account the beliefs and practices of these new cultures. One such tradition is child care. Because of the important link between preschool experiences and later school success, understanding refugee and immigrant families’ beliefs and decisions about child care is extremely important. From a policy perspective, understanding these beliefs can guide professional development training for child care providers serving these linguistically and culturally diverse families.
Funded by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation grant number90YE0096
Ward H, Oldham LaChance E, Atkins J. New Americans: Child Care Decision-Making of Refugee and Immigrant Parents of English Language Learners. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service;2011.