Research Report The Health and Well-Being of Young Children of Immigrants
Randolph Capps, Michael E. Fix, Jason Ost, Jane Reardon-Anderson, Jeffrey S. Passel
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There are 5.1 million young children of immigrants, representing 22 percent of all U.S. children under age 6. While 93 percent of these children are U.S.-born citizens, 29 percent have undocumented parents. Young children of immigrants with two parents are three times as likely to be poor as children of natives, and so marriage is not an antidote to poverty for these children. Despite higher economic hardship, young children of immigrants are less likely than native counterparts to receive TANF, food stamps, or housing assistance. They are also less likely to be in center-based child care, potentially limiting their preparation for schooling. [View the corresponding press release]
Research Areas Children and youth Immigration Child welfare
Tags Immigrant communities demographics and trends Child care Children's health and development Economic well-being Child welfare
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population