California Report Card, 2004

Nov 30, 2004

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Nowhere in the country does the phrase “we are a nation of immigrants” have greater relevance than in California. Nearly half of all children in the state have at least one parent born outside the United States. Like U.S.-born parents, immigrant parents face challenges in ensuring their children have access to health care, child care and education, and are economically secure. Yet immigrant parents often encounter additional barriers because of limited English proficiency, citizenship status, and the challenge of transferring their education and work experiences to California’s economy. Although four-fifths of children living in immigrant families are U.S.-born citizens, their childhoods are shaped by their parents’ experiences as immigrants.

The California Report Card 2004 focuses on children in immigrant families to help Californians better understand the lives of almost half of California’s children and families, about whom stereotypes often prevail. It synthesizes new data on California’s children in immigrant families, spotlights innovative programs and policies, and makes recommendations for improving children’s well-being across our state.

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