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Document Number: 6990

Pre-K and Latinos: The Foundation for America's Future - The size of the Hispanic population is rising rapidly in the United States, and Hispanic children are more likely than whites to start school without the foundational math and reading knowledge and skills necessary for academic success. This report argues that ensuring access to high-quality pre-kindergarten for Hispanic children who currently have less access than white or African American children will help to close the achievement gap and is an important step toward improving K-12 education. Recommendations include: (1) pre-k programs should engage all families in meaningful ways in the school and classroom regardless of the language they speak; (2) states should adopt at least one bilingual or Spanish language pre-k curriculum; and (3) states should establish appropriate measures to assess how well programs are providing services to all children, with a particular focus on first-language development and second-language acquisition. (Eugene E. Garcia and Danielle M. Gonzales, Pre[k]now, July 2006) ...

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