The centerpiece of the Foundation for Child Development’s 2007 Annual Report, All Our Children? The Health and Education of Children of Immigrants is an essay by Alexandra Fuenmayor Starr. Ms. Starr writes about U.S. immigration policy for Slate, The New Republic, and The American Scholar. Her essay, The Dividends of Investing Early: Why We Need to Help the Youngest Children of Immigrants, argues that young children of immigrants, over 90 percent of whom are citizens, will have a large impact on America’s cultural and economic vitality. Investing in the healthy development of these children is critical to our nation’s future.
The 2007 Annual Report also describes the Foundation’s grants in its New American Children initiative to support research, policy, and advocacy to support the well-being of these young citizens. The Young Scholars Program, an effort within this initiative, is nurturing the next generation of researchers studying young children of immigrants, who are one-fourth of the nation’s children. Since 2003, the Foundation has provided grants totaling $150,000 to 16 tenure-track faculty in higher education for research on the health, education, family dynamics, culture, and social skills of children of immigrants.