The National Council of La Raza has a new online web tool that allows users to delve into detailed data on the well-being of Latino children across the country.
The Latino Kids Data Explorer breaks down information by numerous searchable categories including education, health, juvenile justice, citizenship status and family structure/income. Data can be further broken down by age, year and state.
For example, in the education category, users can search data including the percent of eighth graders below basic proficiency in math and reading, the percentage of children whose children read to them fewer than three times a week, and participation rates in preschool.
In a separate fact sheet, Building a Brighter Future 2012, the group cites the significant barriers to educational success that Hispanic children face. NCLR cites a number of factors, including higher rates of poverty and a greater likelihood to lack health insurance. Hispanic children also have lower rates of preschool attendance and are less likely to be read to by their parents than other groups. The group considers the report a call to action–and promotes a focus on improving Hispanic children’s access to quality early education programs.
The group uses the power of numbers to highlight the importance of improving outcomes for Latino children. Between April 2010 and July 2011, Latinos made up 26 percent of all babies born in the United States. Hispanic children ages zero to eight years old make up a little more than 25 percent of all children in the age category. Another statistic may surprise people who assume that Latinos are disproportionately made up of immigrants–the group says that about 92.4 percent of Latinos ages zero to 17 are U.S. citizens.
“If today’s young Latino child is not adequately prepared to enter the workforce ready to compete in the global economy, then our nation is neglecting an important segment of the population crucial to our future growth and economic success,” cites the fact sheet released by the organization.