ERIC Number: ED451294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Latino Children: A Status Report.
Perez, Sonia M.
This report presents status and trend data in several areas relevant to Latino children in the United States. The Latino population under age 18 years is growing faster than that of any other racial and ethnic group, and the challenges confronting these children have implications for cities and states where they live. While Latino children are likely to live in two-parent working families, the proportion of Latino children under 18 living in single-parent households has remained high over the past decade. These families are especially likely to be poor. The proportion of female-headed families is greatest for Puerto Ricans. Not enough Latino children participate in pre-primary education, and many drop out of high school. Among Latinos, Mexican Americans are the least likely to have high school diplomas. Hispanic Americans have persistently high teenage birth rates. A large share of Latino children live in poverty, with Puerto Rican children the poorest of all. A significant segment of Latino children is without health insurance, with children of immigrants especially likely to lack health insurance. The paper concludes with a brief review of why this matters to the nation and describes initiatives that can make a difference (the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Children's Health Insurance Program). Two appendixes present statistics on children in Puerto Rico, and Latino children and federal assistance programs. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Federal Programs, Health Insurance, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, One Parent Family, Poverty
National Council of La Raza, 1111 19th Street, N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-785-1670; Web site: http://www.nclr.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico