Fewer Latino Children Enrolling in Preschool

A disturbing new study was recently released that shows that Latino children are less than half as likely than their White and African-American counterparts to be enrolled in preschool.

This is a very disturbing trend. Only around 35% of 4-year old Latino children had attended at least some kind of preschool. Preschool and early education are some of the greatest determining factors for later educational success, so the fact that almost two-thirds of Latino children are not receiving this step-up is disheartening.

The national study tracked more than 10,000 children across the country for nearly a decade. Researchers monitored everything from social and cognitive development to home reading habits and found that by the age of two, most Latino children were already falling behind in their reading comprehension skills.

"We know there is no systemic way to close the achievement gap once kindergarten starts," Diana Rauner, executive director of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, told the Chicago Tribune. "These are gaps we have to close or prevent from opening in the first five years of life — that's true for all kids, but it's particularly true for this population."