Missed Opportunities: Pre-K Lags for Hispanic Children

Hispanic children and families have been hit particularly hard due to recent funding cuts in state-funded pre-K. While the Yearbook does not break down data by ethnicity, our data on state efforts combined with other sources paints a troubling picture for Hispanic preschoolers, especially those growing up in a household where English is not the primary language. A survey of Hispanic families shows that Hispanic parents are very likely to enroll their children when voluntary preschool education is available to them, but only 25 percent of Hispanic children at age 3 attend public or private preschool, compared to 43 percent of non-Hispanic children.

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