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Universal Pre-K Will Help Latino Students Succeed PDF Print E-mail

A beautiful assembly of tens of thousands of 4 year olds did something new, exciting and incredibly important in New York City yesterday: They attended their first full-day of free, city-run prekindergarten classes.

The importance of this happening cannot be overstated. For many city residents, the New York City Department of Education’s new Universal Pre-K program (UPK, as it is known) is the first chance they have ever had to give their children a head start on a lifetime of learning.

For Latino New Yorkers, UPK is particularly significant. A body of research indicates that the positive effect of pre-K on academic readiness and future learning is especially pronounced for Latino children. Despite this fact, Latino children have been historically underrepresented across our city and nation in programs that support early childhood development.  As such, the Hispanic Federation embraces and sees the De Blasio administration’s rollout of UPK as a watershed moment in our children’s development as future students, citizens and professionals.

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HF Announces New 2014 CORE Grantees PDF Print E-mail

HF is proud to announce more than $300,000 in 2014 CORE grant awards to 18 member agencies. These awards aim to significantly strengthen Latino organizations on the front lines of social change in their communities. Congratulations to all of our CORE grantees!

Latino organizations often struggle to raise non program-related resources. In response, the CORE (Community Organization Resource Expansion) initiative funds core operations support and infrastructure upgrades. It is HF’s signature grant-making program and is central to the Federation’s mission of fortifying Hispanic nonprofits.

2014 CORE grantees include new applicants, such as Junta for Progressive Action in Connecticut, and prior awardees, such as LatinoJustice PRLDEF. All are using CORE resources to fortify their organizational capacity to more effectively respond to our growing community's needs and aspirations.

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HF Calling on President Obama to Act Now! PDF Print E-mail

More than a year after the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, our vulnerable immigrant families continue to wait for hope and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.  Sadly in 2014 those hopes and dreams have been repeatedly dashed by a Republican House leadership unwilling to advance any efforts to fix our broken immigration system. Given the absence of Congressional leadership, President Obama vowed earlier this summer to exercise his authority to provide relief to millions of individuals and their families.

The president stated that because Congress had failed, “The only thing I can’t do is stand by and do nothing while waiting for them to get their act together.”

Hispanic Federation (HF) joined many immigrant rights groups in applauding Presidential action and making it clear that we needed and expected quick, bold and broad administrative relief. Now, as we wind down these last days of summer, our message to the President is clear:  It’s time to act!

With each passing day, 1,100 immigrants are separated from their families and their communities. Nowhere are the effects of deportation felt more acutely than in the Hispanic community. In 2013, 96.7 percent, or 356,303, of all deportations were of individuals of Latino descent.

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Get Up, Get Moving (and Get Down!) with HF PDF Print E-mail

There are few things better than a Latino community block party - especially a really large one! The warmth and cadence of the people...the food...the music, make it just about irresistible. And when you couple that in with a health focus, then you have something really special. That's why we're so excited to be presenting our 8th annual Vive Tu Vida! Get UP! Get Moving! (GUGM) health expo at the "Carnival de la Cultura Latina" in Corona, Queens. The festival and health expo will be held on Sunday, September 21st from noon to 6 p.m. More  than 2,000 people are expected to be in attendance this year.

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Helping Latino New Yorkers Obtain Health Insurance PDF Print E-mail

Helping Latino New Yorkers Obtain Health Insurance

Last year, HF was awarded a five-year grant by the State of New York to help Latino and other New Yorkers obtain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This grant allowed us to partner with several member agencies throughout New York City and hire and train 15 "navigators," community outreach staff dedicated to help individuals and families obtain the right health coverage.

To date, we've helped 7,200 people enroll in affordable coverage and touched the lives of over 100,000 individuals and families through our ACA public education campaign.

While our impact has been deeply felt, our work is far from done! We are actively enrolling New York residents in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and in the Marketplace if they've had a Qualifying Life Event*. HF is also helping small businesses in New York with enrollment in Qualified Health Plans for Employers and Employees.

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President's Message: 8.21.14 PDF Print E-mail

This Op-Ed was co-written with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and published in The Huffington Post on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

The arrival of more than 50,000 unaccompanied children at our Southern border since last October has created a humanitarian crisis. In government offices and policy circles in Washington, and in state capitals nationwide, people are dissecting the laws, procedures and politics of dealing with this crisis. The central issue in this crisis is that many of these children are fleeing horrific conditions: vicious persecution and violence, including murder, rape, and torture.

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