Parents’ Socio-economic Background and Children’s Enrollment in Early Childhood Education Programme in Rural Areas of Jos North, Plateau State
This paper investigated the influence of parental socioeconomic background on enrolment of rural children in early childhood education programme in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. Three research questions guided the study and a total of 60 respondents were used for the study. The descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study and a researcher constructed questionnaire titled ‘Parents’ Socioeconomic Background and Children’s Early Childhood Education Enrolement Questionnaire’ (PSBCECEAQ) was used to collect data. Data collected was analyzed using simple percentage. From the analysis of data collected, it was found that parents’ socioeconomic backgrounds determines the extent to which rural children were enrolled in early childhood education programmes and parents’ incomes determine the extent to which they can afford to enroll their children in nursery schools. The study concluded that parents’ socioeconomic backgrounds influence rural children’s enrollment in early childhood education programmes and it was recommended that parents in rural areas should be enlightened on the importance of early childhood in the lives of their children and the need to enroll their children in nursery schools.