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Latino children are one of Massachusetts' fastest-growing segments of the population. However, evidence suggests that the social and economic context in which Latino children live does not adequately support their development and overall wellbeing. Nearly a third of Latino children in the United States live in very low-opportunity neighborhoods as defined by a scale of educational, health, environmental, and socioeconomic outcomes. Compared to non-Latino children, Latinos are more likely to grow up in households below the federal poverty threshold and less likely to have a mother with at least a Bachelor's degree. The research included in this report aims to highlight the challenges that Latino children faced before COVID-19 and provide a baseline for future research on this vital segment of Massachusetts' population.


This research report was produced by the Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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