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Their children's first teachers: Latino parents targeted in early education efforts

from The Hechinger Report

The pen scribble marks on a light blue folder could have been drawn by a 1-year-old, although the girl who made them was 3. And yet, to a group of women from her neighborhood who admiringly passed the folder around a room, the scribbles represented a victory. Until recently, the girl had never before held a writing utensil, and her mother did not understand the importance of early childhood education. Now, thanks to these women, the mother did. Most middle class parents don't need to be told that they are their children's first teachers, and that the job starts at birth or even earlier. In poor communities, however, that knowledge is not necessarily a given. more


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