Hispanic Children and Families
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.
- 7 Strategies to Integrate Hispanic Families with PTA: Article in the March 2015 issue of Our Children magazine
- Three for Me: Creative ways for parents and family members to volunteer at home, in school and in the community (materials in English and Spanish)
- Estándares Nacionales Para las Asociaciones Familia-Escuela: National Standards for Family-School Partnership resources in Spanish
- Every Child in Focus Leadership Series: Hispanic Students: Includes a discussion guide and video series
- “Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success: Best Practices in Family Engagement” (National Council of La Raza)
- “Taking the Pulse of the High School Student Experience in America” (Hispanic Heritage Foundation)
- 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.
- En Camino: Educational Toolkit for Families is an interactive online resource to support Spanish-speaking families from the National Center for Families Learning.
- League of United Latin American Citizens National Educational Services Centers offer educational counseling, scholarships, mentorships, leadership development and literacy programs.
- MALDEF Parent School Partnership Program trains Latino parents to become change agents in their communities.
- The National Compadres Network focuses on reinforcement of the positive involvement of Latino males in the lives of their families, communities and society.
- ¡Colorín Colorado! is a bilingual website for educators and families of English language learners.
 Statistics are from KIDS COUNT Data Center of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.