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.

October 24, 2017

KIDS COUNT Policy Reports, Race for Results Report Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels.

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    The Race for Results data highlight barriers to success for U.S. children of all racial and ethnic groups.

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    Eighteen million children in the United States are the kids of immigrants or immigrants themselves. Of those, 88% are U.S. citizens.

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    Policies and practices at all levels of government can help ensure all children and families are afforded opportunities to succeed.

Key Takeaway

Embracing children in immigrant families will help build the nation's future prosperity

There are 18 million children and youths who are sons and daughters of immigrants or are immigrants. Only a small proportion of children living in immigrant families are immigrants themselves — 88% are American citizens. Eight out of 10 are children and youths of color who face many of the systemic and institutional barriers encountered by other children of color living in the United States. More than half (54%) are Latino, with the majority of their families emigrating from Mexico and Central America. Significant proportions of immigrant children are Asian or Pacific Islander (17%) and black (8%).

Findings & Stats

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