Report: Latinos lagging citywide in early childhood education

THE BRONX - New statistics released by the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families highlight the difficulties for Latino families living in The Bronx.

The 33-page report provides significant details about the disparities Latino children and families face in education, health care, juvenile justice and child welfare.

According to the State of Latino Families Report for 2011, Latino families are lagging behind citywide in early childhood education. The report also outlines how only 44 percent of Latinos learning English actually graduate on time, and that nearly 88,000 Latino children across the city have no access to subsidized pre-K or early education programs.

Committee members say they hope to increase parental support and enrollment in early childhood education programs, while also hiring an adequate pool of bilingual education teachers.

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