We advocate for improved policies and legislation around access to education from birth to adulthood, heightened public awareness of the social and institutional frameworks that hinder opportunity for Latino communities, and the empowerment of these communities to directly mobilize for change.
Working for progressive
access to education
CHCF amplifies the voices of the Latino community with regard to education, language access, early care, immigration, health and child welfare issues. CHCF supports the fundamental rights of Latinos at the local, state, and national levels.
- Research and publication of fact sheets, issue briefs and policy reports
- Advocacy workshops
- Coalition and partnership building
- Forums, briefings and discussion panels
Strategies for Change
CHCF is committed to quality research on issues facing Latinos in the United States. We use primary sources, such as government data and firsthand accounts of our program participants and staff, as well as scholarly texts and articles to inform our publications and positions, and to keep service providers, community organizations, policymakers, and families informed about policies that impact our communities.
CHCF advocacy activities prepare parents and youth to advocate on their own behalf. It also prepares permanent residents for the US naturalization exam so that they can maximize their civil rights and magnify their political voices. CHCF launched the Latino Coalition for Early Care and Education (LCECE) in 2007. We work intensively with a myriad of strategic partners to foster positive change for Latinos in New York. CHCF organizes forums, submits public testimony, and works with public officials to address the needs of English Language Learner students (ELLs) and the fair implementation of the Common Core Standards, among other causes.
Engagement through Civic Action
We prepare students in our Youth Development programs for the responsibilities of citizenship through workshops on advocacy skills and citizens’ rights and responsibilities.