Race for Results in DC: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Today in Washington, DC, two out of three children are black, and one out of nine children are Hispanic. Their success in life will shape the future of our city. But, key outcomes for children in health, education and economic prosperity are vastly divided by race and ethnicity.   

  • In DC in 2013, 15% of black students and 23% of Hispanic students were proficient in fourth grade reading, compared to 77% of white students. 
  • In DC in 2012, 35% of black children lived in poverty, compared to 1% of white children.
  • In DC in 2011, the infant mortality rate was 11.7 per 1,000 among births to black mothers, 5.2 among births to Hispanic mothers and 1.5 among births to white mothers.
How can our city close these gaps and ensure every child is on the path to opportunity?

Today Annie E. Casey Foundation released Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children. Featuring a first-of-its-kind index on children's progress disaggregated by race, we believe this KIDS COUNT policy report is an important contribution to a national discussion on children, race and opportunity. While DC is not included in the state-by-state index, the recommendations and perspective on race, equity and opportunity in the report are very relevant to the challenges facing many DC children and families.

At 12:15 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, the Foundation will host a panel of experts on racial equity at the National Archives here in DC to discuss the report and its findings. We’ll be there in person representing DC KIDS COUNT We invite you to watch the event live at www.youtube.com/AnnieECaseyFound.

In addition to Foundation leaders, the event features journalist Soledad O'Brien, who will moderate a panel that includes:

Sherry Salway Black, National Congress of American Indians

Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink

Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Meizhu Lui, author and independent consultant

Arturo Vargas, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

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