The adults of 2050 are children today. So when we talk about demographic change, that future is now; we don’t have decades to wait to act.

A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress (CAP), The State of Latinos in the United States, discusses the significance of the burgeoning Latino community in U.S. political and economic matters, and the public policy opportunities and challenges that presents. By 2050, Latinos will be the largest demographic group in the United States at 30 percent of the population. This demographic change is already reflected among our youth population, where 1 in 5 children are Latino.

The CAP report calls on policymakers to exercise strong leadership around five critical areas: “the workplace, educational attainment, health, veterans affairs, and political leadership.” Let’s call on our national leaders to invest in kids for a stronger future.