Preschool and School Readiness: Experiences of Children with Non-English-Speaking Parents

Organization: Jill S. Cannon, Alison Jacknowitz, and Lynn A. Karoly. Public Policy Institute of California.

Recently much attention has been given to the importance of preschool attendance in preparing children for kindergarten. Educators and researchers agree that attendance in center-based preschool programs can be especially important for English language learners because it gives them a head start, both in learning English and in developing essential school readiness skills. A recent study by the Public Policy Institute of California examined the effect of preschool attendance on one particular sub-group of ELLs, linguistically isolated children, or children who have little or no exposure to English in their home environments.


Cannon, J.A., Jacknowitz, A., and Karoly, L.A. (2012).