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The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education has set forth an agenda that focuses on public policies and programs that pertain to its overarching goal --- to increase school readiness among Hispanic children entering kindergarten, particularly those from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to ensure that all Hispanic children are well-educated and prepared for the future.

Acting upon evidence from research and practice, which illustrates high quality early childhood education enhances the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all young children, the National Task Force will address three major initiatives. They are to:

  • Identify the most effective existing strategies for improving educational outcomes in the early childhood education years among Hispanic students, including determining the most effective approaches for promoting the development of infants and toddlers, and best practices for educating preschoolers, and kindergarten through third grade pupils.
  • Determine an agenda for developing a larger set of proven early education strategies for Hispanic youngsters, because the existing body of proven strategies educating Hispanic youngsters is relatively small.
  • Develop recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, National Hispanic organizations, and other key parties that can help ensure that effective strategies are disseminated among key local, state, and national mainstream and Hispanic groups.

The National Task Force will be convened for an initial period of two years that will culminate with the release of a comprehensive report on its findings and recommendations for action.

Briefs & Reports

A Reading Focused Early Childhood Education Research
 • PDF

The School Readiness and Academic Achievement in Reading and Mathematics of Young Hispanic Children in the United States
 • PDF

Para Nuestros Niños: Expanding and Improving Early Education for Hispanics
 • Main Report (PDF)
 • Executive Report (PDF)
 • Executive Summary Brochure (PDF)

A Demographic Portrait of Young Hispanics in the United States
 • Press Release (PDF)
 • Brief (PDF)

Profiles of Schools and Programs
 • PDF

Update

September Update
(PDF or MS-Word)

August Update
(PDF or MS-Word)

July Update
(PDF or MS-Word)

Newsletter

El Noticiero - English version
(PDF or MS Word)

El Noticiero - Spanish version
(PDF or MS Word)

Papers

A Reading Focused Early Childhood Education Research
 • PDF

Latino Families and Early Education
 • MS-Word

Hispanic Students' Educational Experiences and Opportunities During Kindergarten
 • PDF

Language Development and Early Education of Young Hispanic Children in the United States: A Research Synthesis
 • PDF

Patterns of Hispanic Students' Math and English Literacy Test Scores in the Early Elementary Grades
 • PDF

Comprehensive School Reform for Latino Elementary-School Students: A Meta-Analysis
 • PDF

Latino Infants and Their Families: A National Perspective of Protective and Risk Factors for Development
 • PDF

Young Hispanic Children in the U.S.: A Demographic Portrait Based on Census 2000
 • PDF

Fact Sheet
 • Spanish version – PDF
 • English version – PDF

Mathematics Achievement of Spanish-Speaking Kindergartners and the Impact of Teacher Characteristics: A Mediation Hypothesis (Research Thesis)
 • Executive summary (MS-Word)
 • Full document (PDF)

Dual-Language Programs in US Schools
 • Executive summary (PDF or MS-Word)
 • Full document (PDF)

Early Academic Achievement of Hispanics in the United States: Implications for Teacher Preparation
 • Executive summary (PDF or MS-Word)
 • Full document (PDF)

Early Childhood Education of Hispanics in the United States (White Paper-October, 2005)
 • Executive summary (MS-Word)
 • Full document (PDF)

Primary Schooling in Mexico, http://cie.asu.edu/volume8/number24/
 • Executive summary (MS-Word)
 • Full document (Online)

Academic Well-being of Spanish-Speaking Kindergartners: An Analysis of Sociodemographic Features and Teacher Characteristics
 • PDF
 • MS Word

Presentations

Developmental Protective and Risk Factors for Latino Infants and Families in the U.S.
 • MS Powerpoint

Demographic Trends and Academic Achievement Patterns of Young Hispanic Children in the United States
 • MS Powerpoint

Preparing Teachers to Work with Young Hispanic Children in the United States
 • MS Powerpoint

Language Development of Young Hispanics in the U.S.: A Research Synthesis
 • MS Powerpoint

Mathematics Achievement of Spanish-Speaking Kindergartners and the Impact of Teacher Characteristics
 • MS Powerpoint

Comprehensive School Reform for Latino Elementary-School Students
 • MS Powerpoint

K-3 Academic Achievement Patterns of Hispanic and Other Racial/Ethnic Groups
 • MS Powerpoint

The Supply of Child Care Centers across Latino Communities
 • MS Powerpoint

The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics
 • MS Powerpoint

View a presentation about the Taskforce and its work.

Preparation of early childhood teachers of Hispanic English language learners. (From the UC LMRI 19th Annual Conference, May 5-6, 2006 Irvine, CA.)
 • MS Powerpoint

Meeting Minutes

2005 Technical Advisory Meeting Minutes
 • PDF
 • MS Word

Forum

Task Force Members discuss initial findings and recommendations

 

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