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Synthesis: What research tells us about ECE access among low-income Latino families

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National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families

Latest from The Center

Our new report reviews the latest research on low-income Hispanic families’ access to early care and education (ECE). The review finds two overarching themes: First, ECE use among low-income Hispanics is rising, but some Hispanic groups still face barriers to accessing care. Second, social and economic stressors, such as a lack of community support or nonstandard work hours, can affect families’ interactions with ECE programs. To understand and improve ECE access, we provide several recommendations on topics for future research, including the practices of programs that are effective at recruiting, serving, and partnering with Latino families; how Latino families use infant and toddler care; and how Latino households balance ECE arrangements and work. This review adds to the Center’s extensive body of work on the ECE experiences of Hispanic families.


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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:

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.