UBC Graduate Research

The role of quality early childhood programs in supporting long-term integration of immigrant children and their families Keshavarzi, Anahita

Abstract

When immigrant families and their children leave their country of origin to live in Canada, they experience a variety of challenges. Many of these challenges can place immigrant children at risk of developmental delay and lower educational achievement. While research suggests that immigrant children and their families benefit from participation in high quality centre-based early childhood programs, there are a variety of barriers that affect immigrant children’s participation in early childhood programs. Immigrant children are less likely to be enrolled in centre-based early childhood programs compared to native children. Early identification of the barriers to participation can help early childhood educators acquire a better understanding of immigrant families’ life circumstances so that they are better able to support immigrant children and their families.

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