Casey has invested in several southwest Atlanta communities for more than 10 years. This report explores how race and community of residence continue to create barriers that keep the city's kids, particularly those of color, from reaching their full potential. The report highlights three key areas that support or thwart children’s healthy development: (1) the community where they grow up; (2) school experiences; and (3) family access to economic opportunities. Policy recommendations are included.
Working to increase opportunity for all in Atlanta, but it’s an uphill battle
Findings & Stats
Metro Atlanta’s economy stands to gain an additional $78.6 million annually by promoting racial equity.
Division Starts Early
More than 80% of 3- and 4-year-olds in majority-white NPUs attend preschool, compared to 25% of 3- and 4-year-old kids in majority-black NPUs.
Statements & Quotations
Our hope is to contribute to a new dialogue and a citywide effort that enables public, private, nonprofit, philanthropic and community leaders to ensure Atlanta lives up to its rich legacy.
Community-based and citywide development can produce vibrant communities that benefit diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
In Atlanta, the relationship between place and race is glaring. Ninety-four percent of white children live in low-poverty communities, compared to 20 percent of black children and 57 percent of Latino children.
Race has undeniably shaped the city’s landscape, giving rise to two very different Atlantas that underscore the fact that the place where children grow up affects their opportunities in life…These challenges often trap children in a cycle of poverty.