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Publication Title:

The Current State of Young Hispanic Children in South Carolina: Projections and Implications for the Future

Author(s):

Anna Mesa
Myriam E. Torres, PhD, MSPH
Julie G. Smithwick, LMSW
Katy Sides, MPA

Date: March 2016

Publication Type: Issue Briefs & Policy Reports

Policy Area: Building Stronger Early Childhood Systems

Page Count: 8

Publication Excerpt:

In coming decades, the population of the United States is projected to evolve into a highly diverse young population contrasting a largely non-Hispanic white older population. By 2060, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Hispanic children will comprise more than one third of the total child population1 and as of 2013, more than 90 percent of these Hispanic children are US-born citizens.2In addition, between 2015 and 2060, the total Hispanic population in the United States will experience 125.6% growth; more than doubling in size from 53.3 million to 128.8 million. Considering this demographic shift and in order to ensure the well-being of the nation in the future, the growing Hispanic population must be taken into account as new policies are developed. Special attention must be focused on early childhood policies surrounding Hispanic children with a specific focus on the areas in which they currently lag behind other racial and ethnic groups. Due to the rapid growth of this population and their relatively new presence in certain areas of the United States, policies must be put in place now so they may take effect and evolve as necessary with the population as it continues to grow. This report is a compilation of recent data, and its implications, from the United States and South Carolina regarding various aspects of young Hispanic children and their families, in addition to recommendations for decision makers.

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