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Congressional Briefing: Children of Immigrants and Improving Outcomes for America’s New Non-Majority Child Population

Date: August 1, 2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:
Rayburn House Office Building

The Foundation for Child Development and First Focus, in cooperation with Representative Judy Chu and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus, sponsored this educational briefing on improving outcomes for America’s new non-majority child population.

Diverse Children ReportCensus Bureau projections indicate that by 2018, fewer than half of the children in the U.S. will be non-Hispanic White, and by 2043, Whites will no longer be the majority of our nation’s population. It is the children of immigrants that are leading this change in our demographics and will be setting the course for the future of this country.

A new study by the Foundation for Child Development, Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America’s New Non-Majority Generation, reveals persistent disparities in child well-being based on race-ethnicity, home language, and immigrant status.

As Congress debates the future of our immigration and education systems, it is critical that federal policies be crafted to meet the needs of America’s increasingly diverse child population. A panel of experts discussed opportunities for Congress to improve outcomes for children of immigrants through reforms to health, early learning, and immigration policies. Wendy Cervantes, Vice President of Immigration and Child Rights Policy at First Focus, moderated the event.

Briefing Materials

  • Donald Hernandez, PhD, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (lead author of Diverse Children) (Presentation, Report)
  • Dr. Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP, UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center (Presentation, Related Report)
  • Angela Capone, PhD, Para Los Niños (Dr. Capone urged policy reforms to make quality pre-Kindergarten affordable for all children, a topic explored in detail in a related paper by First Focus's Kevin Lindsey)
  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa, PhD, New York University (Presentation, Related Report)
  • Speaker Bios (Download)

 

First Focus would like to recognize the Foundation for Child Development for their gracious support in making this report and event possible.

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