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Early Childhood Family Education: Building Parent Capacity and Promoting Pre-Academic Skills of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Sat, April 10, 4:10 to 5:40pm EDT (4:10 to 5:40pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Early Education and Child Development Paper and Symposium Sessions


This study was an investigation of a two-generation, strengths-based Early Children Family Education (ECFE) program for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children and their families. The researchers aimed to promote pre-academic skills through a cross-system coordinated and collaborative model and build family capacity and increase engagement within the local schools and community in a response to community-identified needs, then investigate the extent to which the community-driven ECFE program influenced the CLD families and young children who participated. Participants included both preschool-aged children and their parents or legal guardians. Participants’ pre-academic and social skills improved significantly, and adult participants had an increased self-perceived ability to help their child rhyme. Additionally, the adult participants’ perception of their reading skills increased.