Examining Early Care Experiences of Language Minority Children with the ECLS-B
Raspa, Melissa J.;
||A project using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) to examine the characteristics of language minority families and describe their choice of care for children at 9 months, 2 years, and during preschool. Specifically, the study focuses on four research questions: (1) To what extent are race/ethnicity, parental citizenship, and family language minority status related?; (2) Do children from language minority homes experience different types of child care at 9 months, 2 years, and 4 years of age?; (3) Is any disparity in participation in center-based care accounted for by differences in family characteristics at each time point?; and (4) During the year before school, how do the characteristics of center-based care experienced by language minority children compare with characteristics of the center-based care experienced by non-language minority children? The results of the study are expected to contribute to the literature on child care choices made by diverse families and the characteristics and quality of care received. In addition, it is expected that results will provide valuable information to inform Child Care and Development Fund policy and Child Care Resource and Referral agency practices.
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