In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features 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 levels. The index is based on 12 indicators that measure a child’s success in each stage of life, from birth to adulthood. The indicators were chosen based on the goal that all children should grow up in economically successful families, live in supportive communities and meet developmental, health and educational milestones. Download the Race for Results Index Methodology
The report also makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families realize their full potential.
We have much ground to cover to ensure that all kids – especially children of color – are positioned to thrive.
Findings & Stats
American Indian Children
American Indian children are meeting significantly fewer milestones in the upper Midwest, the Southwest and the Mountain States. The score for American Indian children in South Dakota is the lowest of any group in any state on the index at 185.
Asian American Children
Although Asian-American children scored the highest on the well-being indicators, children of Southeast Asian descent (e.g., Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese) face barriers on the pathway to economic stability.
The scores for Latino children are cause for deep concern. Only eight states had index scores above 500, with the highest score in Alaska (573).
Statements & Quotations
Rapid changes in the nation’s demographics demand that we build paths to opportunity for all children so that they can contribute to our national progress.
It is time to recognize that our nation can and must do much more to ensure that all children are able to reach their full potential in life regardless of their race, ethnicity or community of residence.