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New destinations and the early childhood education of Mexican-origin children

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Ackert, Elizabeth S.; Crosnoe, Robert; Leventhal, Tama;
Date Issued: October, 2019
Description: This study examined differences in exposure to early childhood education among Mexican-origin children across Latino/a destinations. Early childhood educational enrollment patterns, which are highly sensitive to community resources and foundational components of long-term educational inequalities, can offer a valuable window into how destinations may be shaping incorporation among Mexican-origin families. Integrating data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort with county-level data from the decennial census, multilevel logistic regression models revealed that Mexican-origin, black, and white children had lower odds of enrollment in early childhood education programs if they lived in new Latino/a destinations versus established destinations. The negative association between new destinations and early childhood education enrollment persisted despite controls for household selectivity, state and local early childhood education contexts, Latino/a educational attainment, Latino-white residential segregation, and immigration enforcement agreements. Within the Mexican-origin subgroup, the enrollment gap between new and established destinations was widest among the least-acculturated families, as measured by parental nativity, duration of residence, citizenship status, and English proficiency. These findings highlight how both place and acculturation stratify outcomes within the large and growing Mexican-origin subset of the Latino/a population. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Institute of Education Sciences (U.S.) ; National Science Foundation (U.S.) ; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U.S.)
Journal Title: Demography
Volume Number: 56
Issue Number:
Page Range: 1607-1634
Note: This research is also based on data from the 1990 and 2000 decentennial censuses. A March 2020 correction to this article regarding a funding source can be found here:
Topics: Parents & Families > Selection Of Child Care & Early Education Arrangements

Parents & Families > Parent/Family Characteristics > Race/Ethnicity
Country: United States
ISSN: 0070-3370 Paper
1533-7790 Electronic
Peer Reviewed: yes
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