After decades of lagging behind, Latino children--including those who are low-income--are enrolling in ECE programs at rates approaching those of their low-income white peers, at least among preschool-aged children. However, we still know little about the providers of ECE programs (both formal and informal) that care for and serve Latino children. Given the increasing enrollment of Hispanic children in ECE programs, what do the programs that serve this population look like? This brief provides a national portrait of providers serving a large proportion of Hispanic children, focusing on characteristics that shape access to and availability of ECE programs. We find that roughly one in five providers serve a high proportion of Hispanic children (also referred to as high-Hispanic-serving), in which 25 percent or more of the children enrolled are Hispanic. Collectively, our findings suggest many ways in which providers--and home-based providers in particular--are likely responding to the needs of Hispanic families, as well as possible areas of unmet need. (author abstract)
How well are early care and education providers who serve Hispanic children doing on access and availability?
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