Media Advisory: Researcher finds declining Latino preschool enrollment

ATTENTION: Reporters covering preschool, educational achievement, the Latino community, demographic and employment trends

WHAT

A presentation of new research from the University of California, Berkeley, at the Education Writers Association (EWA) 2011 National Seminar in New Orleans about the declining enrollment of Latino children in preschools across the country since 2005, particularly in part-time programs.

One-third of all Americans are expected to be of Latino heritage by the year 2050.

The presentation will be part of the EWA’s panel on “English-Language Learners and Federal Policy,” chaired by National Public Radio’s Claudio Sanchez.

WHEN

3:45-5 p.m., THIS Friday, April 8 

WHERE

The Pelican II Room, at the InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.

WHO

Bruce Fuller, a University of California, Berkeley, professor of education and public policy, will discuss his research on Latino preschool enrollment and his assessment of how declining Latino enrollment in preschool may negatively affect later academic achievement and job prospects.

Fuller also is author of several books on education and reform, including “Standardized Childhood: The Political and Cultural Struggle over Early Education” (2007).

DETAILS

Fuller’s analysis comes via UC Berkeley’s Institute of Human Development (IHD) and its New Journalism on Latino Children project. It was conducted in cooperation with the EWA and the Latino Policy Forum, and funded by the McCormick Foundation.

The brief will be posted on Friday (April 8) on the IHD website at http://ihd.berkeley.edu.