Teacher-Child Racial Match and Parental Engagement in Head Start

The present study provides new evidence regarding racial match between Head Start families and teachers and its relationship to parental involvement. Using data from the 2006, 2009 and soon-to-be-released 2014 cohorts of the nationally representative Head Start Family and Child Experiences Surveys, we leverage within center differences in childteacher racial match to estimate the association between racial match and a suite of parental engagement measures, including parent volunteering at Head Start, classroom visits, and attendance at Head Start workshops (N≈ 3800). We also explore the direct relationship between child-teacher racial match and children’s math and reading outcomes.