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Latino Children and Families

Latino children, youth, and families are a large, fast-growing, diverse – and largely understudied — segment of the U.S. population. Latinos represent 16 percent of our nation’s population and 25 percent of our public elementary students. Child Trends explores an array of topics focusing on Latino children and families, including teen pregnancy and other aspects of reproductive health; early childhood development; positive youth development; family formation; effective programs; and indicators related to child well-being. We provide a range of research services from literature reviews, survey design, data analysis, evaluation, and qualitative research.

To help inform how programs and policy can better serve Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates are pleased to announce the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, funded by the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, Administration of Children & Families. The Center is made up of a strong team of national experts in Hispanic issues, and is a hub of research to improve the lives of Hispanics across three priority areas: poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and early care and education. Read more about the Center and its Summer Research Fellowship Program.

Featured Publications

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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Child Trends' Evaluation of the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Program: Executive Summary and Discussion Brief

Jun 2014 | Kristin A. Moore; Selma Caal; Angela Rojas; Elizabeth K. Lawner

This is the executive summary of a random assignment evaluation conducted by Child Trends of the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program, one of the largest programs in the United States working with low-income Latino parents of preschool-aged children. Since it began in 2007, the program has served over 30,000 parents/families in 34 states. The evaluation study examined the effectiveness of the program’s 10 parent education and discussion sessions on a range of outcomes designed to improve parenting behaviors associated with helping young children prepare for success in school. Child Trends’ evaluation found positive outcomes in parenting practices that foster key child development areas associated with academic success, as well as increased parental confidence in their interactions with their child’s school teachers.

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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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Integrated Student Supports: A Summary of the Evidence Base for Policymakers

Feb 2014 | Kristin Anderson Moore; Carol Emig

This paper summarizes the results of a comprehensive examination by Child Trends of the research and evidence base for ISS, and its potential to help a range of disadvantaged, marginalized, or struggling students.

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