Latinos are a vibrant, and as we have been reminded of recently, resilient people. Today’s Latinos are over 55 million strong, making up nearly 20 percent of the American population. Even as one of the fastest-growing demographics, Latinos are seldom invited to have a seat at the table, in particular, when it comes to decision-making in their communities.
In celebration of our 30th anniversary, Child Care Aware of America is using the dragonfly as a symbol of change. The dragonfly sees the world in almost a 360o view, and can fly in every direction – forwards, backwards and sideways. Twenty-five percent of the nation’s child population is Latino/a. Latino voices must be heard in the conversation about child care, and in fact, should be at the forefront of the child care for all movement.
It’s clear that our deep roots and cultural and linguistic influences have shaped American culture. And the crisis in Puerto Rico has made it clear that as the “majority minority” we must make ourselves heard and stop living under the cloak of invisibility.
The dragonfly, as a symbol of change, is both resilient and introspective. Across our Latino and Hispanic communities, it is our strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service that has demonstrated our resiliency. At Child Care Aware of America we will pivot forwards, backwards or sideways to remain at the forefront of our thinking as we work towards its vision of every family having access to a quality affordable child care system.
In the words of Dolores Huerta, “Si Se Puede!”