The Annie E. Casey foundation’s 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report addresses the well-being of children of color and children from immigrant families.The data show racial and ethnic disparities between children by measuring 12 indicators and producing an index score for each group of children.
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander children are the second highest scoring group in Nebraska, with an overall index score of 692. Asian and Pacific Islander children in Nebraska scored the highest in three indicators, tying in one indicator. These children, like Non-Hispanic White children, did not have the lowest score for any indicator.
- Children, ages 3 to 5, enrolled in nursery school, preschool, kindergarten 2013-2015: 65% – These children are able to build a path to higher education and better job opportunity in their futures. Enrolling in primary education increases the likelihood of finding stable, high income jobs.
- Children, ages 0 to 17, who live in a two-parent families: 89% – Living in a two parent family is associated with having more economic, educational, and emotional resources. These children are more likely to succeed than children in single-family households.
- Young Adults, ages 15 to 19, who delay childbearing until adulthood 2015: 97% (tied with Non-hispanic White teenagers) – Delaying childbearing will increase the chances of teenagers enrolling in secondary education and succeeding in adulthood. When teenagers are forced into parenthood, they have difficulty providing basic needs for themselves and their children because of economic instability.
- Young adults, ages 25 to 29, who have completed an associate’s degree or higher: 60% – Achieving a post-secondary education opens doors to valuable employment opportunities. These young adults are more likely to be economically stable in their futures.
In the following eight indicators, Asian and Pacific Islander did not score the highest or lowest.
- Babies not born at a normal birth weight 2015: 8% – Children born underweight are at a higher risk of dying within their first year of life and to develop severe health issues.
- Children, 4th graders, who scored at or above proficient in reading 2015: *The sample size for this indicator was too small to provide a valid estimate, therefore the data was not included in the Nebraska’s Asian and Pacific Islander children’s index*
- Children, 8th graders who scored at or above proficient in reading 2015:*The sample size for this indicator was too small to provide a valid estimate, therefore the data was not included in the Nebraska’s Asian and Pacific Islander children’s index*
- Children not graduating high school on time 2014-2015: 21% – Graduating high school is an important stepping stone to achieving a higher education. Children not graduating on time are less likely to find successful jobs and contribute to their communities.
- Children, ages 0 to 17, who live with a householder who has at least a high school degree: 74% – These children are more likely to continue their with their education and have better outcomes.
- Children, ages 0 to 17, who live above 200% of poverty 2011-2015: 61% – Children from families with higher incomes have access to more resources and are more likely to have higher performances in school. These children score better on cognitive tests and are likely to graduate high school and go to college.
- Children, ages 0 to 17, who live in low poverty areas (poverty <20%) 2011-2015: 65% – Children living in high poverty neighborhoods are exposed to crime and violence. These children are less likely to have economic and educational resources to achieve educational success.
- Young adults, ages 19 to 26, who are in school and working 2013-2015: 90% – These young adults are able to build their skill sets while attending school or working. Giving young adults the opportunity to learn career skills will increase their chances of earning higher salaries and succeeding.