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In the United States, one in four children under the age of 6 attending preschool has at least one immigrant parent and speaks a language other than English. Despite this increasing population of immigrant children in U.S. preschool settings, their stories have rarely been heard. The author shares three stories of her students and their families that focus on their lived experiences and funds of knowledge, and reconnects those stories with her own funds of knowledge as an immigrant student and teacher. Teachers in many communities around the world are educating immigrant children in their classroom. By focusing on the strengths and knowledge that all children bring to the classroom from their home and community experiences, teachers will be enriching the classroom and achieving higher quality education for every student.


This article was published by Taylor & Francis in Childhood Education on 10/27/2016, available online at