National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
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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.
In our summary for policymakers and providers, Center investigator Julia Mendez 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.
In our summary for researchers, Center investigator Danielle Crosby 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.