Can FAST Build Social Capital Among Low-Income, Urban Latino Families

Grant: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) grant no. R01HD051762-01A2

Principal Investigators: Ruth Lopez Turley, Adam Gamoran, Alyn Turner and Rachel Fish, Dr. Lynn McDonald

Test the causal effects of social capital on levels and inequalities of children’s social and cognitive development during the early elementary years. Social capital here refers to trust and shared expectations embedded in social networks of parents, teachers, and children. For young children, social capital operates primarily through their relationships with their parents, enhancing development through mechanisms of social support and social control. Children from low-income Latino families. (http://cfsproject.wceruw.org/socCapital.html)

Articles:

Differences between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Families in Social Capital and Child Development: First-Year Findings from an Experimental Study

Parent Involvement and Child Development: First-Year Results from a School-Randomized Trial in Latino Communities

The emergence of social capital in low-income Latino elementary schools

Reducing school mobility: A randomized trial of a relationship-building intervention