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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a Purpose

Hispanic Heritage MonthOn Sept. 15, the nation commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month, a four-week period when the contributions and culture of Hispanic/Latino Americans are recognized and celebrated.

More than 50 million people in the United States can claim an ancestor from Latin America, according to the last Census count. The 2010 Census also reported a 43 percent growth in the Hispanic population in the last decade, making Latinos the largest minority group in the United States.

At the Administration for Children and Families, we recognize the changing demographics and are working with our programs and partners in the field to adequately serve emerging communities.

ACF’s Hispanic Heritage Employee Workgroup has planned quality educational programming during this 30-day commemoration to better equip our employees.

ACF personnel will celebrate the month with four working-lunch events at our central office that will focus on best Hispanic outreach practices shared by other federal agencies, cultural competency training, a briefing on Limited English Proficiency, and a memorable cultural experience during our Día de La Raza event.

ACF’s goal during Hispanic Heritage Month is to engage in dialogue about how we can increase program access for our nation’s largest minority population that is underserved and underrepresented. We are committed to reversing that trend and helping more Hispanic Americans become more economically secure, resilient and healthy.

This past year ACF reached out to Hispanic community leaders through a stakeholder call, during regional visits from the Acting Assistant Secretary, ACF senior staff and ACF Regional Office personnel, and on a monthly basis with our brand new newsletter, Infórmate. This electronic publication contains program, grant and employment information and is sent out to more than 600 Hispanic leaders nationwide. Check out recent issues and subscribe today.

From critical cash assistance to families and affordable childcare for working parents, to job training and economic development initiatives, ACF’s programs provide a social safety net to millions of Hispanic families across the nation. Learn how one of our popular programs, Head Start, is not only preparing a young student to achieve, but helping a Hispanic mother succeed: Jackie’s Story.

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