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Latino Daily News

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Fewer Whites and More Diversity Found in Nations Preschools and Kindergartens

A recent Brookings Institute analysis released yesterday shows that the youngest people in the country are more diverse than ever before with non-Hispanic whites in the minority in eight states.

The census analysis shows whites continuing to decline in population, and account for 58.8 percent of all school enrollees down from 64.6 percent in 2000. 

23 percent of all children in kindergarten were Hispanic in 2009 and are driving the population growth in schools.  Hispanics make up a fifth of all nursery school enrollments. 

White preschoolers and kindergarteners are now in the minority in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and D.C.