Linguistically isolated. That’s what some very young Latino children are being called, because it’s true. If you lived in a Spanish-speaking home, watched Spanish-speaking television channels all day and ran errands with your mom in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood, you’d be linguistically-isolated too. As wonderful as the Spanish language is, our children still need to speak, read, and write English if you live in this country. So what can be done to help these children? The answer is preschool.
A recent study shows that linguistically isolated children who participate in one year of center-based care before kindergarten demonstrate stronger early-reading skills than those who do not. This would be great news, but unfortunately, three and four year old Latinos are the least likely to participate in early education programs, mostly due to lack of access.
Read more at Education Week.