Report Urges Communities to Think Differently, Act Now to Ensure All Children Reach their Potential

Image removed.If America is to remain prosperous for generations to come, all children must have a fair chance to succeed. This is the central theme of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which shows the nation has much ground to cover to prepare all children to achieve their full potential in life.  Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children explores the intersection of youth, 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 level. The index is based on 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.

The National League of Cities joins with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to raise concerns that African-American, Latino, American Indian and some subgroups of Asian-American children face profound barriers to success. Race for Results provides consistent and comprehensive data on racial and ethnic differences that can help state and city leaders develop evidence-based solutions that can improve the odds of success for children of color.

The report also recognizes that outcomes can vary dramatically within states, and the research is intended to inform and encourage more local-level analysis to illuminate these differences. NLC encourages cities to make the most of the 4 million data points in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS Count Data Center by identifying the statistics most relevant to their communities and using them to craft solutions meant to ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential.