Introduction: The Need to Take a Strengths-Based Approach to Facilitate Children’s Educational Growth

  • Susan SonnenscheinEmail author
  • Brook E. Sawyer


Much of the literature on the academic development of Black and Latino children from low-income backgrounds has taken a deficits perspective. That is, it has focused on the skills these children or families lack and has viewed these weaknesses as stemming, at least in part, from weaknesses in what the families are doing to foster their children’s educational success. The chapters in this book take a strength-based perspective to understand what opportunities are available at home for children from these demographic groups as they start school. Some of the chapters present descriptive information about children’s home learning environments and relations to later academic outcomes. Other chapters discuss effective interventions that build upon family strengths to promote children’s learning.


African American Latino (a) Low-income families Home environment Academic development Language Executive function skills School readiness Toddlers Preschool 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)BaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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