Hispanic Family E-Update
April 21, 2016
Hispanic children and families are very much in the news these days, as we await to hear the Supreme Court decision on United States v. Texas. The case challenges President Obama's authority to use executive actions to protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation. 

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families takes time this week to reflect on the millions of near-poor Latino taxpayers across the nation and how they are faring financially this week after the recent tax return deadline.

In this edition we present: 
  • A new blog post on how the Earned Income Tax Credit and marginal tax rates impact Hispanic families living just above the poverty threshold;
     
  • Details on our two no-cost, web-based interactive data tools for early childhood researchers; and

  • Highlights from the field that are relevant to the research on low-income Hispanic children and families.
Looking at Tax Time for Near-Poor Latino Families

One third of Hispanic children are growing up in families only slightly above the poverty level. In our new blog post, we look at how these near-poor Latino families fare at tax time and, in particular, how they may benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit and how that benefit changes as their income increases. Read it now.

Interactive Tools for Early Childhood Researchers

Have you seen our new tools? These two, free, web-based, interactive data tools allow users to unpack the early care and education (ECE) utilization, preferences, priorities, and search and decision-making among Hispanic families, separately for a broad variety of national data sets.

The first, Families’ Utilization of ECE, allows users to see which national surveys include questions about number of arrangements, provider type, financial assistance, and more.

The next, ECE Search and Decision Making, enables users to see which national surveys include questions about variables of interest, such as satisfaction with options, access barriers, difficulty of ECE search, and more. 

Highlights from the Field
Doctoral Dissertation Funding Announcements
The Administration for Children & Families' Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation has three discretionary funding announcements for research scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants, Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants, and Family Strengthening Scholars
Unlocking Latino Civic Potential
A new report from the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program identifies four priority areas and tactics for unleashing the civic potential of Latinos in the U.S., including focusing on immigrant integration and naturalization, voter engagement, civic education, and leadership development.
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