- Posted By: Myriam Grajales-Hall
- Written by: University of California, Berkeley
The number of Latino children attending preschool has declined, a report says, even though Latinos represent more than half of all California children under age 5.
The findings, in a report from the University of California, Berkeley, are troubling to educators, who say preschool is vital to closing the achievement gap. According to the report, Latino Access to Preschool Stalls after Early Gains, one-third of Latino 4-year-olds were enrolled in preschool in 1991, and, by 2005, this figure grew to 53 percent. But from 2005 to...
- Posted By: Lisa M. Rawleigh
- Written by: National Council of La Raza
A report from National Council of La Raza shows that in 2009, only 48 percent of Latino four-year-olds attended preschool, compared to 70 percent of White and 69 percent of Black children of the same age, putting Hispanic children at a disadvantage as they enter into elementary education.
One in every four children in the United States under the age of five is Hispanic, a growth rate that is predicted to continue multiplying in the coming decade. In states such as California, Hispanics make up more than half of all school children enrolled in public schools. While the population of Latino children in the school system has significantly...
- Author: Myriam Grajales-Hall
The percentage of Latino children attending preschool fell substantially during the nation’s deep recession, according to a study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.
This turnaround – after decades of rising participation in child care and preschool options by all families – jeopardizes state and federal efforts to narrow persisting gaps in children’s early school achievement and raise the quality of the workforce, conclude the authors of the study.
The share of Latino 4-year-olds attending preschool fell nationwide, from 53 percent to 48 percent between 2005 and 2009, a period that included the deep economic...