Report: Huge Education Barriers For African-American, Latino Kids

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African-American, Latino and American-Indian children face greater barriers to succeed than their peers, according to a new policy report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The “Race for Results” report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, part of its annual “Kids Count” publications, broke down data on education, family resources, and neighborhood by race and by state,  looking at key indicators that predict how likely a child is to succeed in life. It found immense differences in the barriers encountered by childreof different races.

The index is based on 12 indicators that measure a child’s success from birth to adulthood, in the areas of early childhood; education and early work; family supports; and neighborhood context. The report also makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential.

“The most significant finding is that race still plays a factor in a child’s well-being and his or her opportunity to be successful later in life,” says Rob Thompson communications director for NC Child, an affiliate of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“As our country becomes more diverse, our future success hinges more and more on children of color,” Ms. Speer says. “This is a time when we really can’t leave them behind. We can’t leave their talent on the table; we don’t have that luxury going forward.”

The low index scores for African-American children, in particular, “should be considered a national crisis,” the report said.

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