Filipino culture in the preschool setting: Flipping what we know about traditional Filipino values

Cultural values and tradition are at risk whenever a family moves away from their country of origin. This study interviewed eight Filipino immigrants who were administrators, teachers, or parents from one preschool in Los Angeles, California. Participants were asked questions about their opinions and perceptions about preschool education in an attempt to discover Filipino-based expectations. Furthermore, participants were also asked to identify developmental goals and values for the preschool children. The findings identified interesting themes such as the use of Tagalog and English, the importance of good conduct, and the high value of school readiness.