Featured Publications

Family Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the U.S.

Oct 2014 | Elizabeth Wildsmith, Mindy Scott, Lina Guzman, Elizabeth Cook

This research brief, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, provides a national portrait of low-income Hispanic families in the U.S. Having a better understanding of these families will help programs and policymakers in their efforts to assist these families. We use recent nationally-representative data to describe the relationship and childbearing histories of low-income Hispanic men and women aged 15 to 44. Importantly, we distinguish by nativity—i.e., born in the U.S. versus in some other country—as family formation patterns vary greatly by nativity, and these differences are obscured when Hispanics are examined as a whole.

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Culture Counts: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children in Family Support Programs (Report)

Oct 2014 | Shannon Moodie, Manica Ramos

This report provides an overview of family support programs and aims to identify the features and strategies that may be most effective for reaching and engaging black and Latino families, with the ultimate goal of supporting young children’s development. The report presents a synthesis of available research on parent engagement—as well as potential barriers to their engagement—in family support services and programs, and recommendations, for both policymakers and practitioners, for designing, adapting, and evaluating culturally-relevant family support programs and services.

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America's Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward

Sep 2014 | David A. Murphey, Lina Guzman, Alicia Torres

This report presents a rich and nuanced statistical portrait of America’s Latino children, drawn from the latest nationally-representative data. It is a complex picture. Some facets will be familiar, while others are less well known. All have important economic and social implications, particularly with respect to education as the pathway to fulfilling aspirations and to full participation in the life of the nation.

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The Strengths of Latina Mothers in Supporting their Children's Education: A Cultural Perspective

Jun 2014 | Manica Ramos

This brief reports on what was learned through recent interviews with Latina immigrant mothers about the techniques they used to support their children’s education at the most malleable stage of development, the preschool years.

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