Poverty Rate for NC Latino Children Skyrockets

Friday, October 15th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

The poverty rate for Latino children in North Carolina has skyrocketed in the past decade–going from 28.3% in 2000 to 42.8% in 2009!

North Carolina is one of three states highlighted in a new report, A Challenge to Our Nation: Improving the Economic Well-Being of Latino Kids. (Maryland and California are the two others.)

From the report:

The average Latino unemployment rate in the United States was 12.1 percent in 2009 and the Latino child poverty rate was 33.1 percent. States like Maryland had one of the lowest Latino unemployment rates of 7.6 percent as well as the lowest Latino child poverty rate of all the states at 14.6 percent. States like California and North Carolina paint another picture. California had one of the highest Latino unemployment rates at 14.7 percent. But the Latino child poverty rate was 27.5 percent there, which is lower than the national average. On the other hand, the Latino unemployment rate of 13.6 percent in North Carolina was also relatively high, but the Latino child poverty rate was 42.3 percent, which is far higher than in California.

Latino child poverty is much higher in North Carolina compared to California even though North Carolina has a lower Latino unemployment rate.

Download the report.

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Early childhood education and immigrant families

Thursday, September 02nd, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

The Urban Institute has a new paper that looks at how states and communities are improving access to high quality early childhood programs for immigrant families. It’s titled, “Early Education Programs and Children of Immigrants: Learning Each Other’s Language.”

Excerpted from the abstract:

“Children from immigrant families are the fastest growing group of children in the United States. High-quality child care and early education opportunities will be critical to these children’s success in school and in life. Yet, the early experiences of children in immigrant families are as diverse and varied as immigrant families themselves. While many immigrant families face numerous barriers to accessing high-quality child care and early education for their young children, these barriers are not insurmountable. “

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