Exploring predictors and outcomes of racial/ethnic match between children and providers in Early Head Start
Using a national representative study of families enrolled in EHS, this study provides the first portrait of racial/ethnic match in these first educational settings for children ages 1, 2, and 3. The present study extends previous research on racial/ethnic match in educational contexts with infants and toddlers examining the potential associations of match for child and parental outcomes. Specifically, we addressed the following research questions: 1) Do children and families in EHS have providers who match their race/ethnicity? 2) Which child, family, and EHS characteristics differentiate children with more racial/ethnic match with their provider across three years in EHS? 3) Is child-provider racial/ethnic match across three years of EHS associated with enhanced child and parent outcomes? (author abstract)
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