New Brief from the Urban Institute Profiles Young Children of ImmigrantsBy Wendy Cervantes
September 2, 2010
A new data brief from the Urban Institute describes the life circumstances of children of immigrants age 0-8, including state-by-state data. The brief is the third in a series that profiles children of immigrants using up-to-date census data and other sources.
Major findings include:
- Children of immigrants have nearly doubled as a share of pre-K to 3rd grade students since 1990 and account for more for more than 30 percent of children in seven states
- Children of immigrants have lower rates of preschool enrollment at younger ages than native-born children
- A quarter of pre-school age children are English Language Learners (ELL) and more than half have ELL parents
- The majority (93%) of young children of immigrants are U.S. citizens yet nearly half (43%) live in mixed-status families with at least one non-citizen parent