January 16 and 30, 2019 / February 14 and 28, 2019
Texas State Capitol | Members Lounge | Austin, TX


One in ten of the nation’s children reside in Texas. Of those children, approximately half are Latino, with an even greater percentage amongst the state’s zero-to-eight population. Demographic projections indicate that Texas will continue to be at the forefront of the growing Latino population in the United States. Latino children will grow up to be the future workforce and integral drivers of the state’s economy.

In recent years, policymakers have made significant strides in building bipartisan, cross-collaborative support toward expanded investment in the youngest Texans. Research demonstrates that investment in the early years is both beneficial to children and their parents in the short-term and pays dividends towards the future economic development of the state by building a healthier, better educated, and more sustainable workforce. With one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, the success of the youngest children of Texas is intrinsically linked to the state’s opportunity to achieve its highest potential.

Over the course of four independent luncheons, this Roundtable series will cover:

  • • The Youngest Texans: Population Projections, Implications, and Opportunities
  • • Ensuring Tomorrow’s Promise By Counting All in the Census 2020
  • • Updates on the Texas Commission on Public School Finance: Opportunities to Build a Strong Foundation
  • • Aligning Quality Child Care with Texas Workforce Development Needs


These convenings will provide policymakers with the opportunity to hear the latest research and best practices from leading experts on issues affecting Texas families with young children. Participants will engage in thought provoking policy conversations and exchange ideas with colleagues on how to strengthen opportunities for families, thereby improving future outcomes for the State of Texas.


Title Sponsor

Supporter Sponsor

Ascension Seton

Roundtable Partners

Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC)


  • Wed, Jan 16th
  • Wed, Jan 30th
  • Thurs, Feb 14th
  • Thurs, Feb 28th

The Youngest Texans: Population Projections, Implications, and Opportunities


It is projected that by 2022, Latinos will be the largest population group in Texas. Already, Latino children make up about half of the 7.5 million children currently residing in the State. To ensure the success of the state’s future workforce, policymakers will need to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population. In particular, policymakers have the opportunity to advance a vision and policy priorities to buffer against adverse experiences, such as natural disasters and poverty, and build a pathway towards the healthy physical, social, and educational development of the state’s youngest children. In this convening, participants learned about the demographic shifts of this young group of children and received an overview of how policy focused on building resiliency in the earliest years is a meaningful investment in the future of the state.

Session Chair:
Hon. Armando “Mando” Martinez, Texas State Representative, Secretary, Mexican American Legislative Caucus; Board Member, NALEO

• Dr. Lila Valencia, Senior Demographer, Texas Demographic Center

• Mr. Luis Figueroa, Legislative and Policy Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities
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