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Immigrant families' use of early childcare: Predictors of care type

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Miller, Portia; Votruba-Drzal, Elizabeth; Coley, Rebekah Levine; Koury, Amanda;
Date Issued: Q4 2014
Description: Early care and education (ECE) settings are important developmental contexts for young children, with nearly half of all U.S. children experiencing non-parental care during infancy and toddlerhood. However, there is little research examining patterns and predictors of ECE selection among immigrant families even though children of immigrants represent the fastest growing population in the U.S. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (N [is approximately equal to] 10,700), including a diverse group of children with immigrant parents (N [is approximately equal to] 2950), this study aims to fill gaps in the literature by examining predictors of the type of ECE (parent, relative, home-based, or center-based) children experience during infancy and toddlerhood (children aged 7-38 months). It examines how immigrant, family, child, and contextual characteristics predict ECE selection within immigrant families and whether these correlates of ECE selection differ across native and immigrant families. Results show distinct patterns of infant and toddler ECE related to immigrant status, particularly when it came to socioeconomic advantage predicting increased relative care for children of immigrants but not native families. Furthermore, several immigrant-specific characteristics, including region of origin, English proficiency, and availability of non-English ECE options, were associated with immigrant families' ECE choices for their infants and toddlers. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Foundation for Child Development
Journal Title: Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume Number: 29
Issue Number: 4
Page Range: 484-498
Topics: Children & Child Development > Children with Special Needs & Special Child Populations > Immigrant, Migrant and Refugee Status

Parents & Families > Selection Of Child Care & Early Education Arrangements

Parents & Families > Parent/Family Characteristics
Country: United States
ISSN: 1873-7706 Online
0885-2006 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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