ACCESS to School

The Bib to Backpack Learning Series is a collection of books about innovative nonprofit programs for early childhood education that face cross-cultural challenges, including immigrant families learning English for the first time.

This book invites readers into ACCESS to School, a program developed in recent years using principles of parent and child interactive learning to empower immigrant parents to become their children’s first teachers at home. The goal is improved school readiness, while facing some huge challenges, including the low income and limited resources of the families in the program, the language barriers encountered by recent immigrants from non-English-speaking countries and the lack of educational resources in these homes as the parents begin this program.

This book describes:

How the ACCESS to School program was developed by ACCESS, a major nonprofit in Michigan with experience in cross-cultural diversity.

Some of the daunting challenges faced and overcome by these educators.

The four components they offer today through ACCESS to School in their low-income community of recent immigrants on Detroit’s south side,

Ideas for curriculum that are used effectively at the heart of this program.

Responses from parents and children to their experience in ACCESS to School.

Ideas for developing similar programs wherever readers may live including tips to help community leaders get started.

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