Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 351–356

Maternal Attitudes and Parent Education: How Immigrant Mothers Support Their Child’s Education Despite Their Own Low Levels of Education

  • Ana Schaller
  • Lisa Oglesby Rocha
  • David Barshinger


A study of Mexican immigrant mothers of young children in the AVANCE-Dallas early childhood intervention program demonstrates that low-educational parents often exhibit ambitious attitudes about educational achievement for their children. Though they lack an extensive academic background, which places their children at risk for low education, their positive attitude manifested in daily pro-educational behaviors overcomes their low education level because they both motivate their children to pursue academic success and participate in their children’s learning. The best way to capitalize on immigrant parents’ educational drive for their children is to partner with them—either through an intervention program or through early childhood educators’ interaction with parents—by showing them how their participation in their children’s learning through concrete activities (such as regular mother–child conversation, daily reading, and playtime activities that teach developmental skills) may increase their chances of achieving academic success.


Mexican immigrant parents low education among Hispanic parents active school participation positive educational attitude parent education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Schaller
    • 1
  • Lisa Oglesby Rocha
    • 1
  • David Barshinger
    • 1
  1. 1.AVANCE-DallasDallasUSA

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