Hispanic Center E-Update
February 23, 2017
We hope you had a great Valentine's Day! With the celebration of love and family fresh in our minds, we reflect on Latino families, their strengths, differences, and how they're faring. In this edition, we’re pleased to present our new three-part brief series on Latino families, which digs deeper into the lives of Hispanic dads, moms, and young boys in the U.S. We also spotlight an upcoming panel discussion and the economic mobility of Latino families. 
New! La Familia:  Latino Families Strong and Stable, Despite Limited Resources

Did you know that for low-income Latina mothers, the first five years of their child’s life is marked by relatively high levels of family stability and low levels of stress? And that most Latino fathers are employed, working regularly, currently married or cohabitating, and living with all their children?

Our latest brief series finds that Latino families have many of the characteristics linked to child and adult well-being, despite many having low levels of income and education. This is true for Latinos in general, but especially for immigrant Latino families.

Attend Conference Session with Center Investigators and Researchers

From March 1-2, 2017, Center researchers will attend the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

If you are attending, be sure to check out our booth and our breakout session, Examining Early Care and Education (ECE) Use and Access Among Hispanics and Immigrants from Three Complementary Perspectives: National Data, Qualitative and State ECE Policy Analysis, on Thursday, March 2 from 10:15am–11:30am ET. 

We look forward to connecting with all those able to make it to the conference! 

Latinos Interrupted: How Income and Poverty Impact Hispanic Families’ Economic Mobility

The Center has a number of research briefs and tools that dig deeper into how Latino families experience poverty and earn income, and the implications that these findings have for programs and policy. The series Latinos Interrupted: How Income and Poverty Impact Hispanic Families’ Economic Mobility looks at low-income Hispanic families’ financial stability in the face of their relatively low rates of participation in public assistance programs. 

The briefs in the series include:

Highlights from the Field

Most Immigrant Families are Traditional Families

This blog post  from the Institute for Family Studies highlights findings that children of immigrants are more likely, not less likely, than children of native-born Americans to be growing up in traditional families, i.e., with two married parents. Compared to single-parent, step, or foster families, married-parent families are associated with better life outcomes, including greater educational attainment, career advancement, financial success, and emotional well-being for both child and adult family members.

CLASP Fact Sheets: Child Care Investments

These fact sheets from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) look at the decline in the number of children helped by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Together, they present the benefits and the urgent need for CCDBG as well as recommendations for reform.

U.S. Safety Net Protects Most Children in Poor Households During Recessions

This brief from the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research examines how and to what extent the current safety net provides protection to at-risk children during economic downturns. The findings show that increases in unemployment mostly affect children in the poorest households. While the safety net is strongest at stabilizing household incomes for these children, adding in safety net income has no mitigating effect on the poverty rates of children in immigrant households.

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