The Latino population in the United States is growing at a rapid pace, and the proportion of our nation's youngest learners who are Latino is increasing even faster. Unfortunately, by the fourth grade, more than 80 percent of Latino children cannot read at grade level. Decades of research show that children's success in school and life must be built on a foundation of seamless learning during their earliest pre-k to 3rd grade school years.
On September 23, 2008, Pre-K Now and the Foundation for Child Development sponsored the Latino Legislative Hearing on Pre-K and the Early Grades at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. Hosted by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the hearing brought together Hispanic state legislators from across the country to hear from experts on the importance of ensuring access to high-quality early education for Latino children. We invite you to learn more about this important topic by reviewing panel summaries, power point presentations, and testimonies from the hearing.