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New National, State Scorecard on Children's Progress Shows

Troubling Obstacles to Reaching Key Milestones

 

Race for Results Report Identifies Need to Create More Opportunity for Success for all Children, Especially Those of Color

 

CONCORD, NH - America's future prosperity depends on our ability to prepare all children to achieve their full potential in life.  Amid rapid demographic changes, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows we have much ground to cover to ensure that all kids - especially children of color - are positioned to thrive.

 

The KIDS COUNT policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. The data can assist leaders who create policies and programs that benefit all children, and identify areas where targeted strategies and investments are needed.

 

By 2018, children of color will represent the majority of children in the United States. The report highlights concerns that African-American, Latino, Native American and some subgroups of Asian-American children face profound barriers to success and calls for an urgent, multi-sector approach to develop solutions.

 

"This first-time index shows that many in our next generation, especially kids of color, are off track in many issue areas and in nearly every region of the country," said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation. "Race for Results is a call to action that requires serious and sustained attention from the private, nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors to create equitable opportunities for children of color, who will play an increasingly large role in our nation's well-being and prosperity."

 

The index is based on 12 indicators that measure a child's success in each stage of life, from birth to adulthood. Overall, the index shows that at the national level, no one racial group has all children meeting all milestones for success.

 

Nationally, the index uses a single composite score placed on a scale of one (lowest) to 1,000 (highest).  Asian and Pacific Islander children have the highest index score at 776 followed by white children at 704. Latino (404), American-Indian (387) and African-American (345) children have distressingly lower scores.

 

In New Hampshire, the new index indicates higher opportunities for children in the Granite State than are shown in the national index. Asian and Pacific Islander children have the highest score at 860 followed by white children at 768, Latino children (540) and African-American children (538).

 

 

"Although New Hampshire Race for Results index scores are higher than the national average, they reflect the same discrepancies as the national picture. African American and Latino children lag far behind their white counterparts. We know that we need to examine how we can further address the issues that hamper the success of our children," said Ellen Fineberg, Executive Director NH Kids Count, "As an organization and as a state, we want to make sure we can provide as many opportunities to our children as possible, to ensure not only their well-being, but the future strength of New Hampshire. "

 

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New Hampshire Kids Count is dedicated to improving the lives of all children by advocating for public initiatives that make a real difference. We ensure that laws, policies and programs in the Granite State are effective and improve kids' lives. To learn more, please visit nhkidscount.org

 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation creates a brighter future for the nation's children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information, visit www.aecf.org. KIDS COUNTis a registered trademark of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

 

In addition to the Race for Results Index, the Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center has up-to-date and comprehensive national, state and local statistics on child well-being.