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ISRN Education
Volume 2012, Article ID 847502, 9 pages
Review Article

School Readiness for Young Migrant Children: The Challenge and the Outlook

1University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620, USA
2New Paltz State University of New York, New Paltz, NY 12561, USA

Received 8 December 2011; Accepted 29 January 2012

Academic Editor: G. Bagnall

Copyright © 2012 Smita Mathur and Gowri Parameswaran. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There is evidence that children from families of migrant workers are among the most disadvantaged in term of early academic achievement. Yet there are insufficient resources allocated to research exploring the reasons that existing preschool programs are not effective in closing the gap between migrant children and other groups of children in the USA. There are some Head Start programs that migrant children have access to, but many of them offer simply care-giving functions and offer little opportunities for enrichment activities for children in preschool. This paper explores some of the barriers to engaging the preschool child effectively in educational activities.