Faculty Advisor

DeHart, Monica

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2018


My research project examined what public schools, day-camps, and childcare facilities can do to help newly-arrived refugee families in the socialization process. With my AHSS research project, my goal was to bridge the communication gap between school/childcare systems and refugee families. This project was mainly executed through the use of semi-structured interviews and participant observation.

What I quickly came to understand was that most families are not so concerned with the ongoings in classrooms or childcare facilities, and did not express fear of segmented assimilation or loss of culture and values — which I had anticipated would be the worry of families. The struggles that families, especially the vast majority of single mothers that have been resettled in the rural American West, expressed are transportation issues, understanding rules and regulations, and trying to gain more hours in childcare so that parents can have a little time to themselves. Due to the data that I gained from families through semi-structured interviews and participant observation, my project shifted slightly. I looked into ways that transportation and communication needs can be addressed and what ways child-care facilities can aid in these solutions.


University of Puget Sound