November 21, 2018
There’s a growing conversation in New York City and across the country about the important role that community-level data can play in driving policy conversations aimed at strengthening child and family well-being.
As you know, CCC has been at the forefront of data-driven efforts to make the case for policies, programs and budgets that improve the lives of New York’s children and supports and strengthens families. At the heart of this work for nearly 25 years is our Keeping Track of New York City’s Children database, which helps to illustrate what life is like for children and families across each of the city’s 59 community districts.
Over the last year and a half, that data has helped us produce comprehensive assessments of community assets and challenges in Brownsville, Brooklyn; northern Manhattan; and the North Shore of Staten Island. While each community is unique, we found a number of similar trends in all three studies, including a lack of access to needed services due to fears around immigration status and profound transportation barriers; constrained economic mobility tied to work in low wage sectors and fields; the desire for convenient co-located and intergenerational programming and access to services in non-stigmatizing settings.
Through our participatory research, we have heard from many parents, youth and service providers who are working hard to make their communities better places for children and families. They are champions for safer streets, affordable housing in good repair, well-resourced schools, high quality affordable child care, after school and summer programs that align with their work schedules, and more. And they are standing up and speaking out to protect the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
The more we learn about the experiences of New Yorkers throughout our city, the more it becomes clear that we must keep a laser-like focus on how we as a society are responding or failing to respond to community needs and opportunities. Our work at CCC speaks to the important role that each of us has to play in ensuring that children and families in every community have a strong and steady voice in the decisions that are made at every level of government.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude – to our partners in nonprofit, government and philanthropy working with us to champion practical, effective solutions to address the needs of children and families. We thank, as well, the parents and youth who have shared their personal stories and demonstrated an eagerness to be a voice for the change needed in their communities. Finally, thank you to each and every one of you who have supported CCC and invested in our critical mission to ensure that every child is healthy, housed, educated and safe.
Below are highlights of just a few of the ways we are working together to use data to drive conversations about the needs of children and families across our city, and our efforts to engage with community members in identifying and advocating for needed solutions that will help make New York City a better place for every child.
Jennifer March, Ph.D.
We’re speaking out to protect immigrant children & families
CCC’s new infographic provides a snapshot of the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to illustrate what life is like for immigrant children and families in New York City. Check out our analysis.
And stay tuned! CCC has partnered up with the New York Counts 2020 coalition to help ensure a fair and accurate count in the next decennial Census. In the new year we will be reaching out to provide information about why the Census is critical for NYC children, families and communities, as well as opportunities to get involved.
NYC children threatened by proposed “public charge” rule
We recently testified before the City Council about how the proposed changes to the “public charge” rule would have devastating impacts on the health and well-being of children and families in New York, forcing families to choose between meeting basic needs for their families or jeopardizing their immigration status. Read our column in City Limits to learn more and find out how you can take action.
New data available on Keeping Track Online
We’ve updated Keeping Track Online with new 2017 American Community Survey data. Check out the latest data in the Demographics indicators including Total Population, Child Population, Households and Families, Citizenship, Limited English Proficiency, and Foreign Born Population; as well as in Economic Conditions including Poverty, Child Poverty, Median Income, and Unemployment at http://data.cccnewyork.org
Staff Spotlight: Bijan Kimiagar
Get to know our new Associate Executive Director of Research and take an inside look into CCC’s unique approach to community-driven research in our latest staff spotlight Q&A.
Our 2018 Celebration Breakfast was the most successful ever
CCC’s October 25th benefit was an important reminder that we must not accept the inequities around us, and that we all have an important role to play in advocating to ensure that policy, budget and legislative decisions – here in New York City, in Albany and in Washington D.C. – are right and just. Read more on our blog.