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West Indians now (as of the 2010 census) comprise the largest foreign-born population in Connecticut at precisely the same time that budgets for “new arrivals” programs, aimed at easing their transition into the K-12 education systems, have been slashed. Moreover, most programs focused on the intersection of cultural integration and educational success are primarily concerned with students of Hispanic and Latino backgrounds given the proportion of English Language Learners throughout Connecticut schools. The research question is: how do local area schools (Hartford County) integrate West Indian children and their parents into the education system when English Language learning and programs aimed at cultural competency often miss the nuances of the needs of English speaking migrants, their children who emigrate with them, as well their first-generation children?


Community partner: West Indian Foundation