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