Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

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Teamwork for Florida’s Hispanic Children and Families!

Hispanic and Latino children are disproportionately affected by poverty relative to white children. This has serious implications for their welfare, as well as for our state’s economic well-being in the long run. Because of the urgency of this issue, Florida KIDS COUNT was asked by The Children’s Campaign to partner with them and the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University to develop a resource as Florida’s election cycle hits high gear. We were very excited to be invited to develop an English and Spanish language resource for all candidates, but especially those with Hispanic and Latino families in their constituencies.

Experts agree that poverty has negative consequences on the well-being of children. Those who experience poverty generation after generation often see the most negative consequences from their financial circumstances. Children struggle with poverty at high levels, with 24% of Florida’s children living in poverty (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2015). While the needs of all impoverished children need to be addressed, the impact of poverty on Florida’s Hispanic and Latino children is magnified disproportionately due to their rising numbers and high concentration.

Organizations and advocacy groups throughout Florida must come together – as we have just done – so that we can effectively communicate the need to connect with Hispanic families, engage with them and take action to create or support policies and enact legislation that can benefit their well-being and that of our state. In our brief, “A National Portrait of Hispanic Children in Need: A Florida Perspective” we explore the need and offer some suggestions for action that require limited or no additional state resources. The brief is also available in Spanish.

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