Black and Hispanic Virginia children lag behind peers on success measures

  • Black and Hispanic Virginia children lag behind peers on success measures

Black and Hispanic Virginia children lag behind peers on success measures

"We're looking at just 74 percent of black young adults who are in school or working compared with 87 percent of white young adults and 94 percent of Asian and Pacific Islanders", he says.

Race for Results measures children's progress on the national and state levels in key education, health and economic milestones by racial and ethnic groups.

New Mexico's lowest score was for Native American children. "They, and we, want to implement innovative strategies that improve opportunities to thrive and contribute", O'Neal said.

Young children in immigrant families are enrolled in early-childhood education programs at almost the same rate (59%) as their USA -born peers (60%). African-American, American Indian and Latino children saw the largest declines.

22% of US-born Latino adults, ages 25 to 29, completed an Associates Degree or higher versus 37% of immigrant youth.

Nationally, while fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math proficiency rates are low across all racial groups, black, Hispanic and American Indian students have the lowest rates, the report found. "We will lose a great deal if policymakers don't expand existing policies that work and implement new legislation to support children in immigrant families, as well as millions of USA -born children of color". The 220 index score for American Indian children in South Dakota is the lowest of any group in any state.

"As the number of children of color and children in immigrant families increases, it is critical to ensure that all children have opportunities for high quality early education, strong education settings and supportive communities".

Louisiana's immigrant children are more likely to live with a householder who did not graduate high school. The vast majority of those children (94,000 or 85 percent) are Hispanic. The same was true for 35 percent of white children.

The report, released Tuesday, focuses particularly on potential improvements to the lives of children of immigrants. For example, providing paid family leave for employees can help parents, including immigrant parents-who are among the most likely to lack access to leave-to balance work and raising a family. Immigrant families are under significant threats as a result of policies recently enacted at the federal level.

"For Texas children to reach their full potential, they need lawmakers to craft policies that provide stability and a path to opportunity", Ann Beeson, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, said in a news release for the report.

Here in Louisiana, the report says Asian children are growing up in the healthiest environments, with a score at 729, followed by white children at 625.

"African-American children face some of the biggest barriers to success" in almost every state, although the children of American Indians fared the worst in several states, the report said.

The 2017 Race for Results report is available at www.aecf.org/raceforresults/.

Idaho Voices for Children Director Lauren Necochea pointed out that businesses in Idaho are clamoring for a more qualified workforce, and helping children succeed will help the states future economy.