Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

April 1, 2014

This KIDS COUNT policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation adds more data to the assertion that where a child’s family is from and where they live profoundly affect the life outcomes of that child.

According to Census Bureau projections, by 2018, children of color will represent a majority of children.


So how are our children doing?

The report unveils the Race for Results Index, which looks at 12 indicators that measure a child’s success in each stage of life, from birth to adulthood, in the areas of early childhood; education and early work; family supports; and neighborhood context.

African-American, Latino, American Indian and some subgroups of Asian-American children face profound barriers to success, according to the Index. The report calls for an urgent, multisector approach to develop solutions.

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

1 .Gather and analyze racial and ethnic data to inform all phases of programs, policies and decision-making.

2. Use data and impact assessment tools to target investments to yield the greatest impact for children of color.

3. Develop and implement promising and evidence-based programs and practices focused on improving outcomes for children and youth of color.

4. Integrate economic inclusion strategies within economic and workforce development efforts.

The report also spotlights the way Ventura County, Calif., is using data to help address disparities in the juvenile justice system, which has reduced jail time for probation violations for all youth, especially Latino youth. The report finds that the changes have “allowed more young people to have the opportunity to fulfill their potential to make a positive contribution to society.”

America's future prosperity depends on our ability to prepare all children to achieve their full potential in life.  In fact, the report notes that McKinsey & Company researchers found that if the United States had closed the racial achievement gap and African-American and Latino student performance had caught up with white students by 1998, the gross domestic product in 2008 would have been up to $525 billion higher.

Check out the Race for Results report, get the stories and data and use the Foundation’s tools to hold decision makers accountable to ensure that all children are given every opportunity to thrive and succeed. 

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