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October 2014Vol. 15, No. 9Child Trends' Hispanic Institute

The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing population groups in the United States. However, there are many gaps in research and knowledge as far as the needs of particular segments of the Hispanic community, including children and youth. Child Trends' Hispanic Institute is working to help fill this void by providing research-based information and guidance to policymakers, practitioners, the media, corporate leaders, and others on the strengths and challenges of Hispanic children and families. Child welfare and related professionals working with Latino families may find the Institute's resources and materials useful in their work.

The Hispanic Institute's first random-assigned evaluation of a Latino parenting program examined the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program. Launched in 2007, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors works with low-income Latino parents with young children. The program aims to help parents prepare their children to succeed in school through parent education activities. The Institute's evaluation found that the program was able to deliver positive outcomes by fostering parenting practices that focus on developing children's preschool learning in preparation to attend school, improving family organizational skills, setting family goals, and more.

To learn more about Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, see the evaluation's executive summary and discussion brief:

Read more about Child Trends' Hispanic Institute here: