ERIC Number: EJ867170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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The Lives of America's Youngest Children in Immigrant Families
Hernandez, Donald J.; Denton, Nancy A.; Macartney, Suzanne E.
Zero to Three (J), v29 n2 p5-12 Nov 2008
Children of immigrants account for one in four (25%) young children in the U.S. Because their future prospects are important to all Americans, this report uses Census 2000 data to portray their lives. Results show that 93% of young children in immigrant families are American citizens who were born in the U.S., 56% have at least one U.S.-citizen parent, and 46% live in family-owned homes. They also live in strong families with vigorous work ethics. At the same time, many confront challenges associated with limited parental education and poverty, as well as constrained access to early education and low rates of health insurance coverage. Public policies can help ensure these children's success and their contributions to America when they become adults.
Descriptors: Health Insurance, Young Children, Immigrants, Family Structure, Family Environment, Parents, Educational Attainment, Poverty, Access to Education, Early Childhood Education, Access to Health Care, Public Policy, Census Figures, At Risk Persons
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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