I recently heard of two moms choosing their schools and home caregivers based on matching their own ethnicity. The schools and caregivers support the home language and offer an understanding of the parents’ traditions. Also at least in one of the cases, the ethnic caregiver is able to make meals from the home country for the family.
I think parents frequently select schools based on religion. Many preschools are associated with churches and are chose by parents accordingly. Also many private elementary and high schools are also specific to a religion, and many parents choose the school for that reason. They want their religion and their beliefs supported in school.
So the question is: Is it any different to choose a school or caregiver based on ethnic or racial background as opposed to religion (or some other characteristic)?
Does the ethnicity or race of your child’s teacher or caregiver matter to you? Does it matter more when they are younger than when they are older? Is it good to reinforce the family’s ethnicity outside the home or does it lead to less understanding of other cultures? Would you spend extra time or more money to match your child with a school or caregiver of the same ethnicity? Is it wrong to choose a caregiver or school based on ethnicity or race?