• Children of LGBT immigrant parents face undue challenges because of archaic and discriminatory laws

    LatinaLista -- It has been shown -- through public opinion polls and political debates -- that the definition of marriage varies from person to person. Some believe it can only be between a man and a woman. Others are open to same-sex marriages. Regardless of how marriage is defined, the definition of...

  • Children’s Christmas wish campaign strives to keep immigrant families together

    LatinaLista -- With Christmas only a few weeks away, children are finalizing their wish lists to give to Santa Claus. Yet for 5.5 million children, there is only one wish they have -- that Uncle Sam doesn't act like the Grinch and take away one or both of their parents for being...

  • Educational researchers find 49 percent of school children surveyed come from low-income families

    LatinaLista -- This week, the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress's (NAEP) Nation's Report Card was released for math and reading. This year's study of fourth and eighth graders' math and reading scores didn't reveal a whole lot, other than the nation can take comfort in knowing that overall our children aren't...

  • Latino parents now have bilingual online toolkit to recognize and help with their children’s learning disabilities

    LatinaLista -- While all Latino parents want to see their children succeed in school, not all recognize the signs that point to learning disabilities. Even worse, they may not know where to find information that can help them and their children -- especially Spanish-speaking parents. This week, the National Center for Learning Disabilities...

  • 10-year-old’s murder underscores how citizenship status doesn’t make the criminal

    LatinaLista -- Chances are 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez didn't worry or even know too much about the big national immigration reform debate. The Oklahoma City fourth-grader probably didn't even understand the concept of "citizenship status." And why should she? She was a young girl, not unlike any...

  • USA — A Halloween story

    By Roxana Urrutia LatinaLista USA -- Today is Halloween and since I have no children to talk about, I will tell you an anecdote of one of my friend's daughter, Ashley. Ashley was a tough cookie. She seldom took "no" for an answer. She argued anything and had plenty to say about...

  • Mexico: Understanding the Motivation to Migrate

    By Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie LatinaLista GUANAJUATO, MEXICO-- My stomach knots when my gate bell fails to ring a few seconds after the 3:45 p.m. bus passes. I replay a familiar assumption: "Kirt's mother must not have had four pesos this week." When I last saw 3-year-old Kirt, his spine behaved as...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Creating special birthday cakes for kids facing adult challenges

    LatinaLista -- For a child, there is only one day all year that is special -- their birthday. But these are tough times and for too many families birthday parties, complete with pretty cakes are just not in the family budget. That's where Sweet Blessings comes in. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, volunteer...

  • Guest Voz — 150+ Cities Pledge to Help More Children Master Reading

    LatinaLista -- Mastering literacy is more than just being able to read words in a book. It also means the reader is learning to comprehend what is being read. When anyone, a child or an adult, has that skill the world is the limit. Anecdotal stories of kids who drop out of...

  • Bilingual Halloween cards remind Congress that cutting early childhood ed programs creates a scary future

    LatinaLista -- There's probably no other day in the year that is so totally devoted to children or the "inner child" than Halloween. It's the one day, that no matter the age, people dress up in costume. For adults, dressing up means letting loose and having fun. For kids, it can be...

  • It doesn’t pay for teachers to teach Latino and black children — literally!

    LatinaLista -- It just doesn't pay for teachers to teach Latino or black children -- literally! A report issued last month from the Department of Education highlighted the fact that teachers at schools with more Latino and African American students were paid $2,500 less on average than teachers in the district as...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Helping kids cope with divorce

    LatinaLista -- Family separation caused by parents divorcing are usually the hardest on children. Sometimes separation within a family leads a child to act out their frustration, anger and loneliness in ways that aren't always appropriate behavior. Yet the remaining adult in the household is barely equipped to handle the change in...

  • First-of-its-kind Halloween safety report shows twice as many kids killed walking on Halloween than any other night of the year

    LatinaLista -- Halloween is only 11 days away and as any kid knows it's much more than just dressing up in costume -- it's all about the trick-or-treating! Unfortunately, it's reported that Halloween is a deadly time for trick-or-treaters. Twice as many child pedestrians are killed from 4-10 p.m. while walking on...

  • Program “tutors” students to achieve their all in both business and school

    LatinaLista -- Students helping one another learn isn't such a revolutionary idea. Yet, students helping one another learn while getting paid just might be an idea that helps reform education in ways no one imagined. Students Connecting matches student tutors with students who not only need help in a particular subject area --...

  • New report on disparities in student discipline shows there’s no justice for minority and disabled students

    LatinaLista -- "Does a policy of kicking "bad kids" out of school so "good kids" can learn really work?" That's the premise of a new report released today titled Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice. The report, authored by Daniel J. Losen, director of the new Center for Civil Rights Remedies at...

  • New study shows youth gun violence among at-risk Latinos and blacks is all too common and “easy”

    LatinaLista -- According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, California ranks as the top state in the nation with the "strongest gun laws that help combat the illegal gun market, prevent the sale of guns without background checks and reduce risks to children." Yet, a new report on youth gun...

  • Pew report paints telling profile of Latino families in poverty

    LatinaLista -- The latest report from the Pew Hispanic Center declaring that childhood poverty in the Latino community leads the nation isn't a total surprise. It's known that the recession, which triggered the loss of construction jobs, hit Latino workers the hardest. Also, the passage of anti-immigrant legislation and the increase in...

  • Guest Voz: Women’s delegation to get the word out about the harm of Georgia’s immigration laws

    LatinaLista -- A delegation of women leaders from over two dozen national human rights organizations traveled to Georgia to spend today and tomorrow speaking out against the recent anti-immigrant laws passed in that state. The women, part of the We Belong Together delegation, plan not only on speaking out against the inhumane bill...

  • New study reaffirms Mexican-American immigrant students do better when Spanish and culture are appreciated at school

    LatinaLista -- The debate over whether or not a child is better off learning in a bilingual environment has raged before the time when American educators forced thousands of Native American school children into English-speaking boarding schools or punished Mexican-American children for speaking Spanish in school. However, the general consensus these days...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Keeping needy children warm with a new coat

    LatinaLista -- For every coat we buy, a child will be warm this winter. For every coat we don't buy, a child will be cold. It was in 2006 that a group of friends in Chicago, who decided that it would be more meaningful to buy Christmas gifts for a family in...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Moving the conversation of childhood cancer outside cancer community

    LatinaLista -- Cancer kills children more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined. Cancer is the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in the United States. It's a reality that the Cruse family of North Texas knows only too well. In 2009, eight-year-old Connor Cruse...

  • Education is the new brown currency

    by Kathleen O. Vale La Voz de Austin COMMENTARY -- I am a proud sixth-generation female member of a Mexican- American family whose roots begin in San Antonio, Texas, meander back to Rio Grande City, Texas (in Starr County, on the Mexican border), continue the trans-national stretch across the Gulf of Mexico...

  • The human cost of anti-immigrant policies: The starving of Latino immigrant children

    LatinaLista -- One has to wonder if state legislators, who are doing their darndest to make life hellish for undocumented immigrants by passing punitive laws, really know what their actions are doing to undocumented immigrants and their families. A new study makes one impact very clear. Bread for the World Institute releases...

  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Giving homeless children something to call their own

    LatinaLista -- Dedria Brunett is all smiles these days. Life is going well. She reigns as Miss Teen California International 2010. Her non profit Luggage of Love is getting a lot of press, she's started community college and she is pursuing a dream she's had for a while -- acting. Yet, there...

  • CASA: Making a difference for San Antonio’s Children

    By Lucia Almanza La Prensa San Antonio SAN ANTONIO -- As families head back to school, not every child is as fortunate to depend on a strong family foundation to help them make that smooth transition. As a matter of fact, there are numerous children in San Antonio without a family who...