National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
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Our new policy brief examines how state policy may contribute to disparities in low-income Hispanic families’ access to affordable child care through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which provides financial assistance to low-income families to secure child care so they can work or attend training and education programs. We review CCDF policies and practices in the 13 states that are home to 80 percent of the country’s low-income Hispanic children, across dimensions that are especially relevant to Hispanic families:
- Approval of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for eligibility
- Household and work documentation requirements
- Availability of Spanish-language information and applications online
- Prioritization of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Findings suggest that some policies and practices for CCDF assistance may create barriers for eligible Hispanic families, who already use the benefits at lower rates than their peers.
More About The Center
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.