Media Advisory

NCLR to Release Report on Latino Children, Offering Insight into a Fast-Growing Segment of U.S. Child Population

On cusp of election, NCLR features 50-state database on child well-being and examines how to reduce inequities and foster the success of Latino children, America’s future voters

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, September 29, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) will release their report, “Toward a More Equitable Future: The Trends and Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children.” The report examines the current state of well-being of the more than 18 million Latino children in the United States, and what the trends in their well-being over the past 15 years mean for our nation’s future. NCLR will also host a panel where community leaders working with Latino families and youth will join in the discussion of the report.

In addition, NCLR will release an updated Latino Kids Data Explorer, a web-based tool that provides easy access to national and state-by-state data, including demographics, citizenship, family structure, housing, poverty, health coverage, education, juvenile justice and more. This detailed tool shows, for example, that in 2014, fewer than 5 percent of children lacked health insurance in Massachusetts and New York, while more than 15 percent still lacked coverage in Tennessee and Texas.  

As our nation prepares to elect a new president and Congress, it is critical that policymakers understand the needs and potential of Hispanic children. This segment of our population grew 47 percent between 2000 and 2015, and will account for nearly 30 percent of public school students from early childhood through 12th grade by 2023. The majority of these children, 95 percent, are U.S. citizens, and each year, nearly 1 million U.S.-born Latinos turn 18 and become eligible to vote. The rates at which these young Latinos live in poverty, vote, have access to health coverage and graduate from high school will have an enormous impact on our nation’s future.

Reporters interested in attending should contact Kathy Mimberg at kmimberg@nclr.org or (202) 776-1714.

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Release of report and Latino child database with national and state information; panel discussion on trends and challenges facing U.S. Latino children and youth
WHO: Introductory Remarks:Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
  Presenters:Dr. Patricia Foxen, Deputy Director of Research, NCLR
Dr. Mark Mather, Associate Vice President of U.S. Programs, PRB
  Panelists:Lori Kaplan, President and CEO, Latin American Youth Center
Samantha Vargas Poppe, Associate Director, Policy Analysis Center, NCLR
Myrna Peralta, President and CEO, CentroNía
Maria Gomez, President and CEO, Mary’s Center
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
10:30–11 a.m.: Release of report and database (for media)
11 a.m.–Noon: Panel discussion (Press invited to stay)
WHERE: NCLR Headquarters
1126 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.