Here’s an interesting article about the barriers to getting Latino children into preschool.
I work at a school with a significant Latino population, but in the beginning, when my program was added, I attracted mostly native-English speakers. Slowly, parents at the school with younger children learned about my classroom, and each year I have more and more children whose first language is Spanish. (Why oh why did I study French in high school?!)
I’m always proud to send them on to kindergarten, knowing that they will do very well, and that they are much better prepared than their peers.
Ana Solano, who immigrated from Mexico five years ago, was unaware of the importance of early childhood education until the home-based visits began for her 4-year-old daughter, Ana. She said she immediately noticed a remarkable difference between Ana and her older son, Juan Carlos, who had struggled in kindergarten. “I just thought he would pick everything up in school. With Ana, I see how much it helps and how much better off she will be,” she said.