NCLR Releases Data Book to Highlight Status of Children in Puerto Rico

June 21 2013



June 21, 2013 Nayda Rivera-Hernández, NCLR
  (787) 649-9501;
  Elaine Martinez, Fundación Banco Popular
  (787) 460-3560;


"2012 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book” provides statistical snapshot of the 78 municipios

SAN JUAN, P.R.—On Monday, June 24, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will release findings from a new publication about how children in Puerto Rico’s 78 municipios are faring in areas such as poverty, health and education.  NCLR will present findings from its “2012 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book” at the Fomentando Alianzas nonprofit conference hosted by Fundación Banco Popular.  The briefing will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Centro de Desarrollo de Banco Popular, located on the third floor of Centro Europa at 1492 Avenida Juan Ponce De León in Santurce, San Juan, P.R.

The data book documents key measures of children’s well-being at the local level in Puerto Rico and their prospects for the future.  At the briefing, Nayda Rivera-Hernández, Senior Research Analyst at NCLR, will review highlights of data from the 78 municipios and provide analysis of what these numbers mean for Puerto Rico and its families.

The book, which includes demographic, health, education and socioeconomic information about children on the island, demonstrates that while health indicators are improving, many youth are unable to fulfill their potential because of their families’ difficult economic situations or their own risky behavior.  The data were collected from the first 18 years of their lives, beginning with low birth weight, premature birth and infant mortality statistics, spanning their infant, toddler and school years and continuing through late adolescence to address issues such as teen births and teen idleness.  The “2012 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book” is designed for use by organizations, communities, citizens and government officials as a resource for research, education, advocacy and policy development.  A copy will be available online at after the event.


WHAT: Press briefing to release the “2012 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book” on the well-being of children in Puerto Rico’s 78 municipios
WHEN:   Monday, June 24, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Centro Europa, Third Floor
1492 Avenida Juan Ponce De León
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
WHO: Nayda Rivera-Hernández, Senior Research Analyst, NCLR  

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