The Child Trends News Service project consists of: 1) news reports produced by Positive Parenting Newsfeed, a syndicated newsfeed for commercial news media; 2) research projects with TV news audiences and parents; and 3) an interdisciplinary collaborative of advisory panel members, partners, and experts. Positive Parenting Newsfeed is a partnership between the Child Trends Hispanic Institute and Ivanhoe Broadcast News, a leading TV syndicated news company.
This project aims to broaden access to actionable child development research among parents and caregivers, with a focus on reaching Latino parents and those less likely to have access to this information through alternative sources.
Why child development and education research?
The future depends on today’s children, yet many face challenges that can impact their growth, development, and education—especially children of color and those living in low-income families. In today’s complex world, parents and teachers face important decisions that can either help or hinder children’s ability to thrive. Social science researchers have identified an array of evidence-based strategies for parents and teachers associated with positive child outcomes. Positive Parenting informs the public about these research-based practices.
Why focus on Latino parents and children?
As Latinos represent an increasingly larger share of the future work force, the nation needs to maintain a focus on their positive development.
- It is estimated that Latino children will comprise one-third of the total child population by 2050, similar in proportion to non-Latino white children.
- Latino children are also the largest and fastest-growing minority group of children; yet, they are disproportionately poor and lag their peers on a range of indicators.1
- Despite some recent economic gains, 10.3 million Latino children are growing up poor, signaling a critical need to focus on building equity in access to crucial information for low-income Latino families, as well as low-income parents more broadly.1