ERIC Number: ED317637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-12
Reference Count: 0
National Conference on Latino Children in Poverty. Proceedings (1st, Washington, D.C., June 12, 1987).
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, Washington, DC.
This conference assessed the conditions confronting the Hispanic community's children at risk. Among those addressing the salient issues of Hispanic child poverty were social scientists, policymakers, academics, and social service administrators. The conference agenda, seeking to outline the scope of Latino child poverty, highlights the following issues: (1) family type; (2) family size; and (3) parents' education. The following statistical findings are discussed: (1) the poverty rate for Latino children in two-parent families (27.4 percent) is higher than the poverty rates for Black (18.7 percent) and non-Hispanic White children (8.4 percent); (2) of Latino children who live in poverty 42 percent are in large families with four or more siblings, compared to 35 percent for non-Hispanic White children and 23 percent for Black children; (3) the dropout rate for Hispanics is as much as three times higher than the rates for non-Hispanic Whites and 1.5 times higher than the rate for Blacks; and (4) approximately 98 percent of Latino children of unwed mothers without a high school education are born into poverty. The need for society to take notice of the unique needs of Hispanic children in poverty is considered, and research needs are discussed. The full conference proceedings are provided, including questions and comments from the floor. Nine charts, one table, and a list of conference participants are included. References accompany transcripts of some of the panels. (JS)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Gannett Foundation, Rochester, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, Washington, DC.