Report: Michigan Among Worst In U.S. For Well-being Of Black Children

kids count reportLANSING, Mich. (April 1, 2014) — A new Kids Count index that focuses on race has found that Michigan severely lags behind the rest of the nation when it comes to overall well-being of African-American children, ranking the third-lowest.

The report is titled “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children,” and it compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level.

Compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the index uses 12 indicators that measure a child’s success in each stage of life from birth to adulthood: early childhood, education and early work, family supports, and neighborhood context.

The report found only Mississippi and Wisconsin fared worse than Michigan in the well-being of black children.  Out of a possible score of 1,000 points, the national average is 345.  Michigan’s score was 244.  In the overall well-being of white children, Michigan ranked 32 out of 50.

The report also makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential.

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4 comments

  • kenr

    This is more about how good of a parent people are and family structure, this was very predictable . Didn't need a study just a drive through.

  • Pips

    The report summarizes why the issues will never go away:

    "We realize that many organizations have
    worked diligently to address issues facing
    children of color for many years, and
    that work has been valuable in shining
    a spotlight on the issues."

    Organizations like the Annie E. Casey Foundation have no interest in making things better, only "shining
    a spotlight on the issues". Having poverty, inequality and racism is a money maker for them. The same reason why Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will always see racism, they can't afford to accept that it has all but vanished.