To prepare for a strong future, we must ensure all children have the resources and opportunities to achieve their full potential. However, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows we have much ground to cover for all kids – especially children of color – to thrive.
Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children raises serious concerns that children of color face profound barriers to success. The report compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups. In Oregon, African-American and Latino children are nearly twice as likely to be low-income as their white peers. In fact, Oregon is one of only nine states in which African-American and Latino children trail white children on every milestone where data was available.
By 2018, children of color will represent the majority of children in the United States. By 2030, they will have become the majority of the labor force. Amid these rapidly changing demographics, the impact of leaving so many children behind will take an increasingly heavy toll on our well-being.
“In Oregon, we must remove barriers so that every child, regardless of race or ethnicity, has a chance to succeed and to contribute to our state and national progress,” says Children First Executive Director Tonia Hunt. “We share a common future. We can not afford the cost of letting any group fall behind.”
We invite you to download the full report here and join us on Facebook and Twitter to continue the discussion of how we can eliminate systemic inequities for our state’s children using the hashtag #Race4Results.