National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
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Our new research brief provides the first national portrait of the early care and education (ECE) workforce serving a high proportion of Latino families, including training and qualifications, attitudes, and diversity. Many of the study’s findings are promising: these teachers and caregivers are diverse, motivated to help children and parents, and more likely to have a CDA or state certification than those who do not serve a high share of Latino families. Still, few ECE teachers and caregivers have a bachelor’s degree, and many Latino children are cared for by friends or relatives—a provider group that may benefit from greater outreach and training to support quality of care. This study adds to the Center’s growing body of work on the ECE experiences of Hispanic families.
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Hispanics represent the largest, and one of the fastest-growing, racial/ethnic minority population groups in the U.S. With one in four children in the U.S. now Hispanic—and roughly one-third of Hispanic children living in poverty—the well-being of this community will have profound implications for the future workforce, economy, and prospects of our nation. To help programs and policy better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Center) provides research and capacity building activities across three areas:
- early care and education
- healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood
- poverty and economic self-sufficiency
The Center is both policy and program driven, and is dedicated to providing timely research findings, tools, and scholar opportunities aimed at improving the lives of low-income Hispanic children and families. Child Trends and Abt Associates—together with university partners—launched the Center in 2013 with a five-year cooperative agreement from the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, an office of the Administration for Children & Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Center welcomes requests for more information about its work and/or partnership opportunities. Please write to us at Info@HispanicResearchCenter.org.