June 04, 2006

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Bridging the Language Barrier for Latino Parents

Along the Blackstone River in Rhode Island sits the tiny and culturally diverse community of Central Falls, home to immigrants from Colombia, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and many other Spanish-speaking countries.

by Sherri Miles for the Education Alliance at Brown University

In the public schools, more than 66% of the students are Latino and nearly half of the city's inhabitants speak a language other than English. There is a strong drive in this family-oriented community to involve parents in their children's education, and a conscious effort to bridge the language barrier in order to make that possible.