Academic Socialization of Young Black and Latino Children

Building on Family Strengths

  • Susan  Sonnenschein
  • Brook E. Sawyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Susan Sonnenschein, Shari R. Metzger, Brittany Gay
    Pages 39-60
  3. Patricia H. Manz, Tamique Ridgard, Nina E. Ventresco, Jamie Whitenack, Jacqueline Faison, Marisa Solé et al.
    Pages 165-186
  4. Carol Scheffner Hammer, Brook E. Sawyer, Lauren M. Cycyk
    Pages 187-208
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-258

About this book


This book offers a strengths-based, family-focused approach to improving the educational performance and school experience of struggling Black and Latino students. The book discusses educational challenges faced by low-income families of color and the different strengths within Black and Latino family life that can affect these challenges. It focuses  building on these strengths within the children’s home environments that can serve as a foundation for subsequent learning. The chapters describe a wide range of family practices and beliefs, including development of interventions to support families that promote early language and literacy, early mathematics, and social skills. The chapters also present quantitative and/or qualitative studies using a strengths-based approach to parents’ socialization of their children’s early academic skills.

Topics featured in this book include:

  • Latino and Black parental resources, investments, and beliefs.
  • Academic socialization in the homes of Black and Latino preschool children.
  • Development of culturally-informed interventions to promote children’s school readiness skills.
  • Family-school partnerships as a tool for improving educational opportunities.
  • Directions for future research.

Academic Socialization of Young Black and Latino Children is a must-have resource for researchers, educators, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in diverse fields including education, developmental and school psychology, family studies, counseling psychology and social work, and sociology of culture.


Academic socialization and school success African American parents and student achievement Children’s writing skills and Black and Latino families Early academic development and young Black and Latino students Executive functioning skills and Black and Latino children Home-school partnerships and student success Low-income Black and Latino families and education Math skills and Black home environments Math skills and Latino home environments Parental beliefs and academic success Parental involvement and young children’s academic development Preschool and Black and Latino children Reading skills and Black home environments Reading skills and Latino home environments School readiness and Black families School readiness and Latino families Social-emotional development and Black students Social-emotional development and Latino students Socioeconomic challenges and academic achievement Young Latino dual language learners and literacy environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan  Sonnenschein
    • 1
  • Brook E. Sawyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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