April 1, 2014

 

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For More Information Contact:

Renuka Mayadev
rmayadev@childrensdefense.org
(614) 221-2244

                                                                                                                                   Dire Situation for Ohio’s Black Children

                                                                                 New National, State Scorecard on Children’s Progress Shows Troubling Obstacles to Reaching Key Milestones

 

Ohio’s future depends on our ability to prepare all children to achieve their full potential in life.

Amid rapid demographic changes, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows we have much ground to cover to ensure that all kids – especially children of color – are positioned to thrive. This is especially true for Ohio’s Black children, who fared among the worst in the U.S. in the report.

The KIDS COUNT® policy report,  Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils 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 level. The data can assist leaders who create policies and programs that benefit all children, and identify areas where targeted strategies and investments are needed.

By 2018, children of color will represent the majority of children in the United States. The report highlights serious concerns that African-American, Latino, Native American, and some subgroups of Asian-American children face profound barriers to success – and calls for an urgent, multi-sector approach to develop solutions.

“This first-time index shows that many in our next generation, especially kids of color, are off track in many issue areas and in nearly every region of the country,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation. “Race for Results is a call to action that requires serious and sustained attention from the private, nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors to create equitable opportunities for children of color, who will play an increasingly large role in our nation’s well-being and prosperity.”

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. To compare results across the areas in the index, the indicators are grouped into four areas: early childhood; education and early work; family supports; and neighborhood context.

 

Overall, the index shows that at the national level, no one racial group has all children meeting all milestones. Using a single composite score placed on a scale of one (lowest) to 1,000 (highest), Asian and Pacific Islander children have the highest index score at 776 followed by White children at 704. Scores for Latino (404), American-Indian (387) and African-American (345) children are distressingly lower, and this pattern holds true in nearly every state, including Ohio.

 

Race for Results Index Scores

 

 

Location

African

American

American

Indian

Asian &Pacific

Islanders

 

Latino

 

White

United States

345

387

776

404

704

Ohio

274

*

860

432

674

*index score not computed due to insufficient data

 

For African-American children, the situation is dire.  Ohio’s Black children scored among the lowest in the nation on the index (274).  Only five states had lower composite scores (Wisconsin, Mississippi, Michigan, Louisiana, and Arkansas).

“This report puts in stark numbers what we already know in Ohio: that many of our most vulnerable children are falling further and further behind,”says Sarah Biehl, Policy Director at the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. “We hope that Ohioans will use this data to reexamine policies and practices at both the state and local levels and address racial disparities head on.”

 

The report makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential:

· Gather and analyze racial and ethnic data to inform polices and decision making;

· Utilize data and impact assessment tools to target investments to yield the greatest impact for children of color;

· Develop and implement promising and proven programs and practices focused on improving

outcomes for children and youth of color; and

· Integrate strategies that explicitly connect vulnerable groups to new jobs and opportunities in economic and workforce development.

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information, visit www.aecf.org. KIDS COUNT® is a registered trademark of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

In addition to the  Race for Results Index, the Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center has up- to-date and comprehensive national, state and local statistics on child well-being.

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.


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