October 24, 2017
Meghan Farrell, Communications Coordinator
NEW HAMPSHIRE MUST WORK TO IMPROVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN IN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
CONCORD, N.H. — According to the 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, New Hampshire children living in immigrant families and children of color are not given the same developmental opportunities as their peers in U.S.-born families.
With the national conversation on race and immigration intensifying, the report emphasizes the well-being of children in immigrant families, particularly children of color, at a time when an increase in deportations by the federal government is breaking up families. It reveals the additional challenges and barriers facing these children, including separation, educational hurdles and chronic poverty.
In New Hampshire, data was available for Asian and Pacific Islander children and Latino children, for whom New Hampshire ranked 5th and 6th respectively among the 50 states on the index scores used in the report. The indexes developed include rankings on early childhood, education and work experiences, family resources, and neighborhood context and are used to illustrate and measure how well-being and opportunity are being built and undermined for children of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
“For New Hampshire to stay a great place to live, work and raise a family, we need to ensure that our children are reaching their fullest potential. To be able to do so, children in immigrant families and children of color need stability and early childhood development opportunities,” said Rebecca Woitkowski, Early Childhood Policy Coordinator at New Futures, New Hampshire’s KIDS COUNT grantee.
The 2017 Race for Results shows that despite progress for immigrant families in the state, there continues to be a wide gap in prosperity that affects children in immigrant families, many of whom are children of color and are living in some of our most densely-populated areas, like Manchester and Nashua.
The Race for Results report makes three recommendations for lawmakers to keep in mind that will help ensure all children and their families are afforded opportunities to reach their full potential:
- Keep families together and in their communities — Helping to keep children with their families enables them to meet developmental milestones and for parents to meet the needs of their children.
- Help children in immigrant families meet key developmental milestones — The overall well-being of children is key to our nation’s future and is influenced by their environments. We can and must choose policies that make those environments more supportive and healthy.
- Increase economic opportunity for immigrant parents — Meaningful programs and policies that improve opportunities for low-income workers and deal with the needs of parents and their children save taxpayers by reducing the costs of safety-net programs.
This is the second Race for Results report by the Casey Foundation; the Foundation released the first report in 2014. The report measures children’s progress on the national and state levels on key education, health and economic milestones by racial and ethnic groups. The report’s index uses a composite score of these milestones on a scale of one (lowest) to 1,000 (highest) to make comparisons.
“The Race for Results report makes it clear that New Hampshire needs our policymakers to ensure that all children have equal opportunity to survive and thrive,” said Woitkowski.
The 2017 Race for Results report will be available October 24 at 12:01 a.m. EDT at www.aecf.org/raceforresults/. Additional information is available at www.aecf.org/. The website also contains the most recent national, state and local data on numerous indicators of child well-being. Journalists interested in creating maps, graphs and rankings in stories about Race for Results can use the Data Center at datacenter.kidscount.org.
About New Futures
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents. New Futures Kids Count is a branch of New Futures focused on collecting and disseminating critical and reliable state-level data, policy recommendations, and tools for legislators, public officials, and advocates to advance positive policies for Granite State children and families. Learn more at new-futures.org.
About the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information, visit www.aecf.org. KIDS COUNT is a registered trademark of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.