USA Today: Born into poverty: Rural Hispanic children face huge obstacles

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Excerpts from the USA Today article: Hispanic babies born in rural enclaves are more likely to be impoverished than those in the city. And it’s harder for them to receive help from federal and state programs. Consistent health care also is hard to come by. As a result, many researchers say, many of these children may never realize their full potential and escape poverty.

Realizing the challenges that this population poses, some states and localities are experimenting with ways to address them.

Lawmakers in Utah, where the Latino population has jumped 78 percent over the past decade, passed legislation to provide computers and Internet access to low-income families of preschoolers via Waterford’s UPSTART PreK program.

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