NALEO Educational Fund and Child Trends to Release “The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left Out of Our Nation’s Census Count” Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Latinos accounting for more than one in every four U.S. children under the age of five, it is becoming increasingly vital that our nation have an accurate count of this sector of our youth population. On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, NALEO Educational Fund and Child Trends Hispanic Institute will host a joint briefing and release a new report that examines the undercount of Latino children in Census 2010 and strategies for achieving a full and accurate count of Latino youth in Census 2020.
More than 25 percent of U.S. children under age five are Latino. By 2050 that number is projected to grow to 33 percent, making it the fastest-growing sector of the nation’s child population. This new report will explore the geographic trends and reasons behind Latino children being disproportionately missed by the decennial census, as well as provide actionable recommendations to improve the accuracy of the census count in 2020 and beyond.
Census data are used to ensure equitable political representation and the equitable distribution of more than $400 billion in federal government assistance each year, including many programs which are critical to the healthy development of children. Four federal assistance programs—Head Start; the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the Child Care and Development Block Grant; and the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant—distribute $20 billion annually to states and localities based, at least in part, on census counts of the population under age five.
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. ET
Where: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Who: NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director Arturo Vargas, Child Trends President Carol Emig, Director of Child Trends’ Hispanic Institute Lina Guzman, President of O’Hare Data and Demographic Services and lead author of “The Invisible Ones” Dr. William P. O’Hare
About NALEO Educational Fund
NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.
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