The immigrant population in Hong Kong is steadily increasing every year. This immigrant population largely comprises families, most of whom have pre-school and school-age children. However, limited information is known on the practices that immigrant parents adopt when they become involved in their children's schooling. In the present study, the researcher implemented a Quality Education Fund project called 'Building a caring community: Family support and empowerment.' The project aimed to promote parent education and to build a caring community by implementing a group parent education program (GPEP) for low-income and new immigrant parents. The parent leaders conducted an outreach parent education program in which the low-income, new immigrant parents (target parents) had their children enrolled in two kindergartens. The parent leaders imparted parenting knowledge, shared positive parenting strategies, and exchanged their own experiences with target parents. The present research aims to study how new immigrant parents evaluate their experiences and the effectiveness of the GPEP. Results suggest that providing opportunities for mutual support and emotional healing correlates with improved parenting attitudes and practices. Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
CitationYuen, L. H. (2019). New immigrant parents' experiences in a parent education programme. International Journal of Early Years Education, 27(1), 20-33. doi: 10.1080/09669760.2017.1390445
- Parent education
- New immigrant parent
- Group parent education programme