In 2014, the Casey Foundation released Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children. The Race for Results report described the disproportionate barriers facing children of color, and it recommended strategies that policy, community and civic leaders could use to guide their decisions so that all our children have a fair chance to thrive.
Race for Results was our first report to measure how children from different racial backgrounds — African-American, American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino and white — were faring on the path to opportunity. The report introduced an evidence-based set of 12 key indicators that serve as stepping stones to opportunity, which were combined to generate a composite index score for children of every race in every state.
The Casey Foundation made a commitment to publishing Race for Results every three years to track progress, with the hope that life chances for all kids will continuously improve. This 2017 report is the second to provide detailed data for children of all races and in each state.
In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Foundation explores the intersection of children, opportunity, race and immigration.
The report features updated data for the Race for Results Index, which measures how children are progressing on key milestones by race and ethnicity at the national and state levels.
The report also explores the significant barriers facing children in immigrant families, the majority of whom are also children of color, and offers recommendations for helping children in these families secure the stability, economic resources and opportunities all of the nation's children need to thrive.
In conjunction with this report, the Foundation released a methodology document describing the Race for Results Index, an expanded look at the data definitions and sources and a news release with a national take on the Race for Results findings.
Embracing children in immigrant families will help build the nation's future prosperity
Findings & Stats
The states scoring the lowest on the index for African Americans are in the South and the Midwest. Nevada also scored low on this index. Conditions in the American South always have been especially difficult for African Americans.
As national data show, no one racial group has all children meeting all milestones. African-American, American Indian and Latino children face some of the biggest obstacles on the path to opportunity.
On most of the measures Casey tracks in Race for Results, children in immigrant families fare worse than those in U.S.-born families. Especially troubling are the large gaps in many of the education measures for both children and their parents.
Statements & Quotations
For America to reach its full economic, democratic and moral potential, all children must have the opportunity to grow, develop and thrive. We know what children need: strong families; environments that support healthy early brain development; and the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills.
It is estimated that between 2008 and 2013 as many as 500,000 children were separated from parents through detention and deportation, causing kids to suffer psychological trauma, instability and material hardship.
The index scores for African-American children should be considered a national crisis.
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