What Can the Data Tell Us?
U.S. Census data on child trends helps project potential needs for education, child care, health care and other services for all children. Being able to view data through a racial/ethnic equity lens in combination with other indicators, such as poverty, medical coverage, access to a medical home and immunization rates, can highlight inequity in practices, resources and policies. National, state and local policy makers and advocates can use the data to be intentional in guiding and creating resources and policies that are culturally relevant and better support specific populations. Current U.S. Census data (Table 3) show white, non-Hispanic children represent half (50%) of all the nation’s children, while children of color make up the other half, with Hispanic/Latino children leading this population growth. The country’s growing diversity has broad implications—including the need to develop school systems and workforce opportunities that support individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.