Hispanic Family E-Update
June 2, 2016
In this edition we present: 
  • A new guide (with step-by-step instructions and graphics) that helps local leaders and agencies use the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder tool to better serve Latino families in their communities;
  • A companion fact sheet describing 10 online data tools that help users get local population estimates for Hispanics, including diversity data; 

  • A blog post that looks closer at disparities in early care and education programs and how we can reduce them going forward; and

  • Highlights from the field that are relevant to the research on low-income Hispanic children and families.
Putting the Power of Data into Local Hands

Our new guide, Making National Data Local: Using American FactFinder to Describe Local Hispanic Communities, helps local agencies and leaders access and interpret the data they need to better understand and serve their communities' Latino families. Using a step-by-step process complete with graphics, it describes how agencies can use the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder tool to get data for their communities.

By putting the power of data into service providers’ hands, the guide helps them answer critical questions about Hispanic families in their communities (including the percentage who are foreign born and English proficient) and how this population has changed over time. 

New Fact Sheet Summarizing Online Data Tools

As a companion to the guide, the Center also just released a new fact sheet, Online Data Tools for Exploring Local Demographics: A Focus on Hispanics. It summarizes 10 online tools that the public can use to obtain local population estimates for Hispanics and, potentially, the diversity within that population. 

Reducing Disparities in Early Care & Education

A recent report from CLASP identified racial disparities in the utilization of three programs designed to provide affordable early care and education to low-income families. In a new blog post, Senior Scientist Nicole Forry, Ph.D. and Center Co-Principal Investigator Michael López, Ph.D. look at these disparities in light of state Pre-K programs, as well as how we can reduce racial disparities in the usage of Head Start and child care subsidy programs that target low-income Hispanic families.

Highlights from the Field
Supporting Motherhood Capital Could Benefit Children
The Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis has a new policy brief on how immigrant Latina mothers can advocate for their children in schools and healthcare settings. On a related note, check out Child Trends' brief on techniques immigrant moms use to support their kids' education during the preschool years. 
Serving English-Language Learners
Education Week recently published a special report, Teaching America's English-Language Learners, that looks at how well U.S. public schools are serving their nearly five million children who are learning the language.
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