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Latinos and Early Education: Immigrant Generational Differences and Family Involvement

The generational status of Latino families is an important variable to explore when interpreting why Latinos experience the educational system in vastly different ways (Hernandez, 2006; Galindo & Reardon, 2006; Reardon & Galindo, 2006). Furthermore, parental educational participation in children’s education has been documented as critical to understanding differences in how children experience education (Lee & Bowman, 2006; Raikes et al., 2006; Brooks-Gunn & Markman, 2005). For these reasons, this chapter examines young Latino children’s demographics, educational circumstances, and family characteristics by generational status. Additionally, promising early childhood and education programs and a promising school district in Phoenix, Arizona, all of which serve mainly Latino immigrant families, are presented.