Today, KIDS COUNT in Washington releases a new report, “The State of Washington’s Children 2013: Good Data for a Strong Future.”
“The State of Washington’s Children 2013” describes how Washington’s children fare in education, health care, and basic needs. It also shares the perspectives of leaders in communities of color to help us understand what this data means for families all across the state.
At the Children’s Alliance we strive to protect children from the lethal effects of racism and inequality through advocacy: by working to change laws and policies so they create a better environment for all children.
As the close of the legislative session made clear, advocacy can work wonders. Yet it can’t intervene in a potentially fatal interaction between two individuals. When one of those interactions comes to pass, as it did for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., there is good reason for outrage.
And, amid our outrage, there are reasons to act.
The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. Below are direct links to a few key tools.
Race Matters Toolkit User's Guide
A review of the toolkit and how to use it.
The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.
In 2008, the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), where youth committing serious offenses are held, reported that more than 60% of youth held in JRA facilities have “significant mental health issues,” and 85% of the youth in residential care are substance abusers or chemically dependent. Click on the attached fact sheet to read more about juvenile justice in Washington.
Less than half of the state’s incoming kindergarteners are adequately prepared to succeed in school, and students in low-income communities tend to be even less prepared. Among the lowest income kindergarten classrooms in the state, only 25% of students are considered ready for kindergarten. Click on the attached fact sheet for more information about early learning in Washington.
One out of three children in Washington are children of color. Broken out by racial and ethnic groups, 6.4% of the state's 1.5 million children are Asian/Pacific Islander, 6.5% are multi-racial, 4.3% are African American, 14.5% are Hispanic and 1.8% are American Indian.
Despite some progress closing the achievent gap in recent years, children of color continue to lag behind their white classmates on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) tests. In 2006, children of color trailed in every category of the 4th grade reading, writing and math WASLs. On the reading test alone, 16.9% of African American students, 16.8% of Native American students and 14.7% of Hispanic students exceeded the standards, compared to 32.8% of white students.
Nationwide, 20% of Hispanic children were uninsured in 2003, compared with 9% of African-American children and 7% of white children. Young low-income children of immigrants are twice as likely to be uninsured as those of natives (22% versus 11%).
In King County, African American and Native American children are over-represented at nearly every decision point in the child welfare system. Although these two groups of children represent only 8% of the child population in King County, they account for one-third of all children removed from their homes and one-half of children in foster care for more than four years.