Report Shows that Latino Families Are Starting to Use Early Care and Education Programs More
The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families released a study last month that shows that Latino families actually participate more in early care and education (ECE) programs than previously believed. The study focused on Hispanics in the Chicago area, but it provides some insight for other areas with a large Hispanic population. According to the Huffington Post,
The study found that approximately 83 percent of low-income Hispanic children in the Chicago Public Schools had participated in some form of publicly funded center-based or home-based ECE in the two years prior to kindergarten. The participation rate was higher than those found in prior studies, and was close to the 86 percent participation rate for low-income, non-Hispanic children. Furthermore, among Hispanics, neither language nor parents’ nativity appear to be obstacles to participating in publicly funded ECE.
Prior studies had shown that Hispanic children had consistently lower rates for participation in early ECE programs than non-Hispanics. This new study differed from previous studies because it drew from more detailed and integrated administrative data. Another thing that could attribute to the change in data from the new study could be the fact that many programs changed to get better outreach towards Hispanics, especially lower-income families. This study is great news for other cities that have large Hispanic communities, because Chicago’s programs can serve as an example of how to get better participation for ECE programs.
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