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Preschool and Im/migrants in Five Countries

England, France, Germany, Italy and United States of America


Edited By Joseph Tobin

A significant and growing percentage of the children enrolled in early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs in Europe and the United States are children of recent im/migrants. For most young (3–5 years old) children of parents who have come from other countries, ECEC settings are the first context in which they come face to face with differences between the culture of home and the public culture of their new country. For parents who have recently im/migrated to a new country, enrolling their child in an early childhood program is a key moment where cultural values of their home and adopted culture come into contact and, often, conflict. For countries with high rates of im/migration, ECEC programs are key sites for enacting national goals for social inclusion and the creation of new citizens. And yet the field of early childhood education has conducted too little research on the experience of im/migrant children, their families, and their teachers.

This book tells the story of our study of beliefs about early childhood education of im/migrant parents and of the practitioners who teach and care for their young children. It is simultaneously a study of im/migration seen from the perspective of early childhood education and of early childhood education seen from the perspective of im/migration. The book answers the questions: What do im/migrant parents want for their children in ECEC programs? How are the perspectives of im/migrant parents like and unalike the perspectives of their children’s preschool teachers and of non-immigrant parents? How are England, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States using ECEC settings to incorporate im/migrant children and their families into their new society? What can all five countries do better?

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Series Early Childhood and Education

New Perspective on Early Childhood Education and Care

The objective of this series is to present research on the conditions of education and care for children from birth up to the threshold of mandatory or elementary schooling. It supports the idea of a cultural and social specificity of the structures which assure the transfer from the familial world to the scholastic world and which construct spaces of living and of learning for children from 0 to 6 years of age. The series aims at analyzing differences based on the perception of children and of education, on the training and the status of the professionals, on political and financial choices, and on the expectations of parents.

To do so, this series wishes to offer new perspectives by considering the social and cultural dimension of these care and education practices. Avoiding narrow and technical approaches as well as all promotion of a universal norm, it is open to diverse approaches and disciplines, the exploration of new paradigms, and critical questioning.

Series editor

Gilles Brougère (Université Paris 13- Sorbonne Paris Cité)

Editorial Board

Pascale Garnier (Université Paris 13- Sorbonne Paris Cité)      Sylvie Rayna (IFE, ENSL)      Florence Pirard (Université de Liège)      Pablo Rupin (CIAE, Université du Chili)      Tullia Musatti (CNR, Rome)      Véronique Francis (Université d’Orléans)      Michel Vandenbroek (Université de Gand)      Gilles Cantin (Université du Québec à Montréal)      Anne Greve (Universit...

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