Disparities Facing U.S. Children in Immigrant Families: New Data and Ideas for Indicators to Promote Equity
Delia Pompa, Senior Fellow for Education Policy, MPI
Maki Park, Senior Policy Analyst for Early Education and Care, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
Jacob Hofstetter, Associate Policy Analyst, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
Margie McHugh, Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
The COVID-19 pandemic has inarguably exacerbated longstanding disparities that undermine the economic mobility and integration of immigrant parents in the United States and their children’s prospects for success in school and beyond. These include critical two-generational barriers disproportionately experienced by immigrant families, such as poverty, limited English proficiency, digital access and device challenges, linguistic isolation, and low levels of parental formal education. These disparities sit at the intersection of K-12, early childhood, adult education, and social services systems where they are largely unaddressed, despite expectations that each system play a major role in addressing them.
This webcast explores findings from an analysis conducted by the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, which compares key sociodemographic characteristics of immigrant and U.S.-born parents of young and school-age children and underscores their two-generational implications. Speakers examine disparities evident in the analysis and discuss potential ways to incorporate equity-sensitive measures associated with them in the policy and program frameworks of key systems, with an eye to achieving more responsive and effective service designs and improving equity and access more generally for families facing multiple disparities.