Hispanic Children and Families

In This Section

Notes from the Backpack Podcast

In Focus: Hispanic Children and Families 

  • Hispanics are the largest minority group in the country. In 2014, Hispanic children made up 24% of the U.S. child population.[1]

  • In 2010, the high school dropout rate for Latino students was 15.1%—higher than the rate for white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Asian/Pacific Islander students in the United States.[2]

[1] KIDS COUNT, “Child population by race”: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/103-child-population-by-race?loc=1#detailed/1/any/false/869,36,868,867,133/68,69,67,12,70,66,71,72/423,424

[2] U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). The Condition of education 2012 (NCES 2012-045), Indicator 33. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED532315.pdf.

Key Strategies for Inclusion

  • Honor the diversity of Hispanic families. Work with school staff and families to welcome their differing demographics and perspectives.

  • Work with community groups and organizations. Build relationships with community and faith-based organizations, youth-serving groups and businesses to expand networks of support and opportunity.

  • Be responsive to language differences and cultural expectations. Provide information to assist families in understanding American culture, parenting and school expectations. When possible, create materials in both English and Spanish.

  • Seek out and involve Hispanic parents in PTA leadership. Empower parents as advocates for children’s success.

  • Encourage parent engagement. Facilitate two-way communication between school and families; work with the diverse ways that parents may define involvement.
  • Address obstacles to PTA involvement. Bilingual materials, flexible meeting times, transportation and child care assistance, and translators can foster commitment.

PTA Resources


Other Resources

  • Abriendo Puertas is a school readiness program that strengthens the leadership and advocacy skills of Latino parents with children ages 0-5.
  • Pacer Center offers bilingual workshops, individual assistance and translated publications focusing on issues facing families of children with special needs.

[1] Statistics are from KIDS COUNT Data Center of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.