This report measures how children from different racial backgrounds are faring in the United States and focuses particularly on children in immigrant families. The data presented are drawn from 2013-2015, and indicate significant racial and ethnic inequities among children, with Asian and Pacific Islander and white children generally doing better in almost every area of child well-being than their African-American, Latino, and American Indian peers. The data also indicate the number of children living in low poverty neighborhoods has decreased across all groups. Following an introduction, Chapter 1 presents data on children in immigrant families and discusses how immigration policies can disrupt children’s health development, the effect of immigration policy on children and families, and the need to embrace the energy of immigrants. Data tables provide statistics on the number of immigrant children in each State and their educational outcomes. Chapter 2 presents recommendations for building a brighter future for children in immigrant families. Recommendations address keeping families together and in their communities, helping children in immigrant families meet key developmental milestones, and increasing economic opportunity for immigrant parents. Chapter 3 presents findings on the Race for Results Index that measures 12 indicators of child well-being in the areas of birthweight, school enrollment, proficiency in reading and math, graduation, adolescent childbearing, postsecondary education, employment, family structure, and poverty. The final chapter discusses key milestones by race. 55 references.
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