NYC preschools are training teachers what to do if immigration authorities come knocking

By Christina Veiga


Preschool teachers across the country who were surveyed by CLASP, an anti-poverty policy organization, said the fear many of their families face has spilled into the classroom. Teachers noted longer bouts of separation anxiety after children were dropped off at school, an uptick in aggressive behavior, and, for one little boy in Georgia, such intense stress that he began biting his fingers until they bled. 

The council has relied in part on guidelines recently drafted by CLASP, which stands for the Center for Law and Social Policy, to help early childhood providers support immigrant families. Rebecca Ullrich, a policy analyst with CLASP, said her organization heard from centers across the country that were feeling the pressure put on foreign-born parents, but were unsure how to take action. 

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