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Implications for Serving Dual Language Learners and Their Families: Mandarin and Cantonese Speaking Family Child Care Providers

In this report nine Mandarin/Mandarin Family Child Care Providers (FCCHs) were recruited through the Family Child Care Association of San Francisco and the California Family Child Care Network. The majority of these providers did not exclusively serve families with similar linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Some providers felt that Chinese parents sought them out to provide their children with a good foundation in their native language. Many of the providers saw the exposure to Mandarin as a primary benefit for the children. A recurring theme throughout the interviews was the need for support personnel and training presentations and materials in their native language.

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