December 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2016
Child Well-being Index Points to Areas Needing Protection and Expansion in 2017
New York, NY – Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York released today a new edition of the Community Risk Ranking, demonstrating the persistent disparities experienced by children and families across New York City.
New to this year’s report is a detailed analysis of racial/ethnic inequalities, revealing the disproportionate number of black and Latino children living in neighborhoods where the greatest levels of risk concentrate. CCC’s analysis shows that 94% of children living in communities within the highest risk category are black and Latino. Among the 35 communities where more than half of children are black or Latino, none ranked in the lowest or moderate-low risk categories.
As New York prepares for what may be a dramatic shift in the federal government’s approach to child and family issues, CCC’s Community Risk Ranking will be an essential tool for the city and state to set priorities in 2017 to ensure continued progress around efforts to address inequality and improve outcomes for children, families and communities.
“The Community Risk Ranking is designed to shine a light on areas where attention must be paid to ensure that all families have access to the services and supports that improve outcomes for children,” said Jennifer March, CCC’s Executive Director. “In the coming months, this information will be critical as local leaders respond to federal policy proposals that may negatively impact health coverage, education policy, child care access, food programs and child nutrition, among other issues affecting New York’s youngest and most vulnerable.”
The annual report examines data covering six key areas: economic security, health, housing, education, and youth and family issues; and ranks the city’s 59 community districts from lowest to highest concentration of risk to child well-being. The analysis highlights neighborhoods facing the greatest level of risk, and in which issue areas those risks are most prevalent.
Key findings show that eight out of the 10 highest risk communities are concentrated in the Bronx. In many of these districts, more than half of children are living in poverty. The risk ranking demonstrates how children in high poverty communities face a multitude of barriers that impact their health, housing, education, and overall well-being.
The data behind the Community Risk Ranking illustrates a city divided – how children living just blocks or miles apart can have vastly different experiences. For example:
The report puts crucial information about New York’s children, families and communities into the hands of policy makers, services providers, philanthropists, community leaders, and New Yorkers at large. In the coming months, this information will be important in advocating both to protect and expand on initiatives underway in New York City and State – including minimum wage increases, paid family leave, child health benefits, universal pre-k expansion, etc – to ensure that government advancements are reaching all children across New York City’s communities.
Among the priorities CCC is advancing:
CCC has been producing its Community Risk Ranking for more than 20 years as part of Keeping Track, the most extensive database available on the status of NYC’s 1.8 million children. Last year was the first time this child well-being index was published as a freestanding tool. Early in 2017, CCC will bring the risk ranking onto its web-based data resource, Keeping Track Online, providing New Yorkers with new interactive maps and tools that show where risks to child well-being concentrate as well as the services, supports and infrastructure that exist in communities to support and strengthen outcomes for children and families.
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York educates and mobilizes New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Since 1944, our advocacy has combined public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. We cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and promote practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. For more information on CCC, visit our web site at www.cccnewyork.org. Stay up to date on the latest news and information regarding the well-being of New York City’s children by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cccnewyork) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/CCCNewYork).