Census shows increasing Latino presence in Western suburbs

According to a Chicago Tribune report of US Census data, 1 of every 3 children under the age of 5 in Cook County comes from a Latino ethnic background.

In some of Chicago's near western suburbs, such as Cicero and Melrose Park, more than 4 of every 5 children under 5 are Latino.

Rapidly shifting populations have resulted in a shortage of services in a number of Latino destination communities.

If you're considering a move and have pre-school children, it isn't safe to assume that you'll be able to find adequate day care and / or early childhood education programs. Visit these programs in person, learn whether there are waiting lists, and make your own judgments about crowding or the lack of it and how well a program might suit your child.

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