" Students at future Head Start building" by the USDA. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
These are our children - and they will play a role in North Dakota's future. The question is what kind of future will we create for them and for the state. What we do for children today is critical for building healthy communities and establishing the foundation for the state's future. Better outcomes for children strengthen their ability to become good parents, employees, future leaders and decision makers. Ensuring a bright future requires that all children and their families have access to resources that will help them thrive. It means policies that keep families together and allow children to flourish, communities that support them, and systems that protect them.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 Race for Results report shows that North Dakota is making progress in many areas of child well-being, but racial and ethnic disparities in opportunities for success continue to hinder progress for many children in the state. 

The 2017 report, the second in a series that began in 2014, compares how children are progressing on key milestones, from birth to adulthood, across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. This year's report also focuses on the challenges and well-being of children growing up in immigrant families.

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North Dakota KIDS COUNT

North Dakota KIDS COUNT is a state and county-by-county effort to track the status of children in North Dakota. It is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and supported by the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, North Dakota KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local and state discussions concerning ways to secure a better future for all children.