National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
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Monday, October 29th, 2-3 pm ET
Learn about our work and different features of ECE access and utilization among low-income Hispanic families, with panelists from multiple sectors: Sara Vecchiotti (Foundation for Child Development) will discuss the ECE workforce, Julia Henly (University of Chicago) will discuss availability and flexibility, and Dionne Dobbins (Child Care Aware) will discuss cost and affordability.
The Center has released two new summaries of our recent synthesis of the research on low-income Hispanic families’ access to early care and education (ECE) to provide guidance tailored to the research and policy fields working to support low-income Hispanic families with young children.
Our summary for policymakers and providers outlines policies and practices that can help improve low-income Hispanic families’ ECE access, including: expanded hours to meet parents’ scheduling challenges; assistance in locating providers; and reducing workplace stress with family-friendly workplace policies.
Our summary for researchers provides an overview of recommended research priority areas for understanding and improving access for these families, including: areas of potential disconnect between families’ needs and available care options; investments in new measures, methods, and data sources to help understand access; and the implications of ECE policy changes for young children in low-income Hispanic families.
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.