Using Existing Large-Scale Data to Study Early Care and Education among Hispanics

March 1, 2016

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families just released a new series of briefs for researchers, “Using Existing Large-Scale Data to Study Early Care and Education among Hispanics.”

The four briefs in the series (Project Overview and Methodology, Search and Decision-Making, Families’ Use of Early Care and Education, and How Hispanic Parents and Children Experience ECE Settings), along with two new interactive tools, look at the data we currently have to examine low-income Latino families’ ECE interactions, the strengths and challenges of these data, and potential new research questions that could be answered.

These briefs come at a critical time as, in the U.S., more than one-quarter of all children ages five and younger are Hispanic and more than two- thirds of these kids live in or near poverty. High-quality ECE experiences can promote the healthy development of children and increased public funding greatly expanded ECE enrollment among children from low-income families. Yet many eligible Hispanic children still do not participate in ECE programs, for a variety of reasons.

Secondary analyses of existing large-scale data sets provide a cost-effective and valuable way to contribute to this knowledge base about Latino populations. This series and these tools help to deepen our understanding of multiple aspects of low-income Hispanic families’ lives, including how they care for and educate young children. We hope you will share them with your colleagues, and especially those in the research community who care about the early care and education of Latino children.