Report claims that Latino Children face more early Obstacles
According to a report by Salud America!, about eight-in-ten Latino children face at least one difficult childhood experience and have fewer resources for nutrition, exercise and early childhood learning, especially pre-K. These early roadblocks affect future health and personal development. Rosalie Aguilar, project coordinator for Salud America!, says the study is “a comprehensive research review on what is the current state of early Latino childhood development.” The study found that about 78 percent of Latino children face at least one adverse childhood experience, which can include poverty, divorce, neglect, abuse or even violence.
These adverse experiences can have a profound effect on the development of children and can lead to health problems like obesity, anxiety, and aggression. The research shows that part of the problem is that Latino children tend to live in neighborhoods with less access to healthy foods. Latino children also tend to have limited spaces where they can be active, such as parks and recreational facilities. The good news is that there are solutions that can help Latino children. Aguilar stated,
We actually did find in our research that spending on education that goes towards early childhood development is really important and it seems that there is only room for improvement.
According to the study, for every dollar spent on early childhood education, there is a $7 return on investment. It is sad to read that Latino children do face more early obstacles that affect them later in life, but it’s great to know that there are solutions that can help with this issue.