Octobert 24, 2017 (STL.News) – The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released findings from the 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, its latest rankings report which looks at opportunity among children from different racial backgrounds. The annual report compares kids’ progress on key education, health and economic milestones at the national and state levels. In Missouri, Hispanic children are faring better than the national average, but they, along with Black or African American children, continue to have the largest obstacles to overcome.
In Missouri Black/African American children ranked lowest across academic and economic indicators compared to White children.
In Missouri, 7.5% of children live in immigrant families (2016) where they or at least one parent was foreign born.
Compared to U.S. averages, Missouri children in immigrant families only rank lower on children who are enrolled in preschool/kindergarten (31st). They are ahead of the national average in other indicators.
Immigrant children in Missouri fare significantly better than their U.S. born counterparts in regard to two-parent families (82% vs. 67%).
Some of the largest disparities between groups in Missouri is academic indicators such as 4th grade reading proficiency, 8th grade math proficiency, on-time graduation rates, young adults with an associate’s degree or higher and economic indicators related to two-parent families, children living above 200% of poverty, and children living in low poverty areas.
“Our strength as a state hinges on the success of all our children. We must ensure that the proper supports are in place to put them on a path to succeed in life. The data reveals time and time again that for children of color, a person’s race is a hindrance to achievement. That can not be acceptable to any of us.” said Bill Dent, Executive Director, Family and Community Trust.
The national report makes three recommendations from which all states can benefit including keeping families together, prioritizing learning environments in communities that will be equipped to support learning and language barriers, and increasing economic opportunities and policies for low-income families so that children can grow up in stable households.
To view the 2017 Race for Results report, visit http://www.aecf.org/raceforresults.
About Missouri Kids Count
Missouri KIDS COUNT is the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) KIDS COUNT partner in Missouri. It works to improve the lives of Missouri’s children by using reliable data to spark collaboration, inform policy making, and make sound investments. It is administered under the umbrella of Missouri’s Family and Community Trust (FACT).
About the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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.