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Working With Recently Immigrated Young Children

Perspectives, Challenges, and Implications for Practice
  • Jacqueline Onchwari
  • Nurun Begum
  • Grace Onchwari
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 1)

In this chapter the immigrant child in the early childhood classroom is examined. The chapter starts out by outlining relevant notions that inform our understanding of immigrant children; demographics, cultural competence, and theoretical perspectives. The chapter proceeds to looking at some major challenges immigrant children face and concludes with suggestions to support these children in their adjustment in the classroom. Specifically, the role of teacher training is revisited, and several practical strategies for working with immigrant children are offered.


young children immigrant children cultural competence diversity English Language Learners culturally responsive cultural awareness inclusion renaming teacher preparation preservice teachers inservice teachers collaboration with families Bronfenbrenner Vygotsky 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline Onchwari
    • 1
  • Nurun Begum
    • 2
  • Grace Onchwari
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Minnesota, DuluthDuluthUSA
  2. 2.East Stroudsburg UniversityEast StroudsburgUSA
  3. 3.University of NorthDakotaGrand ForksUSA

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