Last week the Annie E. Casey Foundation published the Race for Results: building a path to opportunity for all children report. This report explores the intersection of kids, race, and opportunity and features the new Race for Results. This index is based on 12 indicators measuring children’s success and allows for comparison between states and different racial groups. This is a first post in a blog series that will examine each racial group in Nebraska. We will start with Nebraska’s African American children.
Compared to index scores in the U.S., Nebraska’s African-American children are scoring below the average. The overall index score for African-American children in the U.S. is 345 out of 1,000 total, in Nebraska the group’s score is 323. Among the 12 indicators, Nebraska’s African-American children scored the lowest among each racial group in babies born at a normal birthweight, 4th grade reading proficiency, and in percent of children who live in low poverty areas. The following chart shows how this group compares to the state average for each of the 12 indicators.
In conjunction with this data and report, Voices for Children in Nebraska is having an event to highlight more of the state data and to identify areas where targeted strategies and investments are needed in order to ensure opportunity for all Nebraska children. Register for the event, and stay tuned in coming weeks for more posts in the Race for Results blog series.