Selected State and Local Policies to Support Immigrant and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Early Care and Education Providers.


Publication Date: December 2007

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Hannah Matthews; Danielle Ewen

Research Area: Population and demographics; Social conditions

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

As the young child population is growing in diversity, the early childhood field is facing a shortage of bilingual and bicultural providers. One way to increase the supply of qualified, bilingual and culturally competent early care and education providers is to assist providers from immigrant communities to gain the skills to become licensed child care providers, as well as to provide supports to immigrant providers in order to retain them in the early childhood field and to encourage further professionalization and credentialing. CLASP has created a checklist of selected policies that support immigrant providers, particularly those with limited English proficiency. This tool offers strategies and examples for improving policies in the areas of language access, training and professional development.