Young Children of Black Immigrants in America

Changing Flows, Changing Faces

This book examines the well-being and development of children in black immigrant families (most with parents from Africa and the Caribbean). There are 1.3 million such children in the United States. While children in these families account for 11 percent of all black children in America and represent a rapidly growing segment of the U.S. population, they remain largely ignored by researchers. To address this important gap in knowledge, the Migration Policy Institute's (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy embarked on a project to study these children from birth to age ten.

Chapters include analysis of the changing immigration flow to the United States; the role of family and school relationships in the well-being of African immigrant children; exploration of the effects of ethnicity and foreign-born status on infant health; and parenting behavior, health, and cognitive development among children in black immigrant families.

Contributors include:

  • Randy Capps (MPI),
  • Dylan Conger (George Washington University),
  • Cati Coe (Rutgers University–Camden),
  • Danielle A. Crosby (University of North Carolina–Greensboro),
  • Angela Valdovinos D’Angelo (University of Chicago),
  • Elizabeth Debraggio (New York University),
  • Fabienne Doucet (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development),
  • Sarah Dryden-Peterson (University of Toronto),
  • Angelica S. Dunbar (University of North Carolina–Greensboro),
  • Tiffany L. Green (Virginia Commonwealth University),
  • Megan Hatch (George Washington University),
  • Donald J. Hernandez (Hunter College and City University of New York),
  • Margot Jackson (Brown University),
  • Kristen McCabe (MPI),
  • Lauren Rich (University of Chicago),
  • Amy Ellen Schwartz (New York University),
  • Julie Spielberger (University of Chicago),
  • and Kevin J. A. Thomas (Pennsylvania State University).