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How many local preschoolers are minority? The answer may surprise you...

Changes in Long Island's population are having a significant impact on Pre-K teachers and providers. In this issue, we share some just-released  statistics and research.

How many local preschoolers are minority? The answer may surprise you   For the first time, just over half the children under five on Long Island belong to a racial or ethnic minority, according to Newsday. The paper reported on U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released in late June, which show 50.1 percent of young children here are non-white, up from 48.3 percent in 2013.   Overall, the Island's Asian population had the greatest one-year increase, 3.7 percent, followed by those who identified as belonging to two or more races. Our largest minority group, Latinos, grew 2.5 percent.   

(It's worth noting that teachers who responded to our professional development survey gave top priority to "English Language Learners in the Pre-K Classroom." The Pre-K Initiative is now planning to provide training in this area during the 2015-16 school year.)