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February 2, 2015
Taking into account Keeping Track data on economic security, health, housing, education, and youth and family issues, the Community Risk Ranking helps us to understand where risks to child well-being concentrate across the city and shows radically different realities among children living sometimes just blocks apart.
Here’s just some of what CCC’s Community Risk Ranking shows us:
The significance of this data was made quite clear in NY Times Columnist Ginia Bellafante’s recent column which highlights the need for services for children and families in Hunts Point in the Bronx. While the cumulative risks to children are greatest in this community, far too many children across New York City – from northern Manhattan, Harlem, north and central Brooklyn and the south Bronx – also face significant and multiple risks to their well-being.
CCC has been producing the Community Risk Ranking for more than 20 years as part of Keeping Track, the most extensive database available on the status of NYC’s 2 million children. This year, CCC has refined the methodology for the community ranking based on best practices for child well-being indices and our own understanding of the needs of children.
By highlighting the vast inequality in child well-being across the city and illustrating how risks are interrelated, the ranking can help to identify where additional resources, supports or services are needed to improve outcomes for children.
To turn poor outcomes around, we must increase investments in programs and services that help children thrive and pay particular attention to the impact of such investments on the highest-risk communities where the barriers to well-being are most profound.
Our policy and budgetary priorities must include:
We hope that the Community Risk Ranking will be the start of a robust dialogue on how we can make these critical and fundamental supports available to every child and family in need.