ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Latino Children are Undercounted in the Nation's Census: Report

Latino Children are Undercounted in the Nation's Census: Report

The fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is Latino children but the communities they live in may not be getting all the federal money for programs they may need, since these children are being undercounted in the Census, a Latino child research group and advocacy group said Tuesday.

Nearly 400,000 Latino children between the ages of 0 and 4 were undercounted in the 2010 Census, according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and Child Trends Hispanic Institute. They account for more than 36 percent, a disproportionate share, of the total net undercount for all children under age 5.

The problem could worsen because the Latino population is young and growing. Undercounts are defined as the difference between census counts and population estimates.

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