The Effects of State Immigration Policies on Preschool Enrollment of Children of Immigrants

This study assesses the impact of state immigration enforcement policies and driver’s license policies for undocumented immigrants on the preschool enrollment of children of immigrants. Immigration enforcement and driver’s license restrictions may deter immigrant parents from enrolling their children in preschool by creating a climate of fear and reducing modes of transportation to preschool. Preschool is fundamental to addressing disparities in educational opportunities that marginalized children face. We will use a state policy database, co-created by NCCP staff, linked to the American Community Survey, imputed with immigrants’ legal status, in a difference-in-difference analysis.    

This project is funded by the Russell Sage Foundation.  

Project Publications 

Project Staff 

Heather Koball, PhD, Senior Fellow 
Sheila Smith, PhD, Co-Director 

Sheila Smith