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November 9, 2017
For Immediate Release
Elysia Murphy (212) 673-1800 x18 firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping Track of NYC’s Children (2017) shows that even after New York City’s economic recovery, disparities in child well-being remain based on ethnicity and neighborhood
NEW YORK – Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) is releasing Keeping Track of NYC’s Children (2017), a biannual report on the status of child well-being in New York City.
Keeping Track 2017 includes hundreds of indicators that create a picture of how children, from infancy to young adulthood, are faring across New York City – citywide, by borough and in each of the city’s 59 community districts. This edition highlights areas where the city has seen progress in recent years in meeting the needs of children and families, while underscoring the disparities that persist across racial/ethnic groups and geographic lines. The data point to areas where more must be done to ensure that every child is healthy, housed, educated and safe.
While many important steps have been taken in recent years to build a more equitable city with increased opportunity for economic stability and upward mobility, we know that New York’s families have experienced a slow recovery from the Great Recession and the disparities they continue to experience are profound,” said Jennifer March, Executive Director of CCC. “Coming off citywide elections, we must acknowledge progress where it’s been made – with efforts like minimum wage increases, expansion of sick leave, pre-k for all four year old’s and now 3-K, universal after-school for middle school students, affordable housing development, free lunch for all public school students, the Thrive initiative to address mental health needs, and more — and identify opportunities to build on these successes to better address the barriers to well-being children and families continue to face in their daily lives.”
Key findings from Keeping Track 2017 include:
“These data tell us that there has been encouraging progress across a wide range of issue areas positively impacting children and families,” said Apurva Mehrotra, Director of Research and Data Analysis for CCC. “At the same time, all New Yorkers should be concerned about the wide disparities that persist across race/ethnic groups and geographic lines. This databook is a call to action for New Yorkers to do better by our city’s children by prioritizing policies, budget decisions, legislation, and programs that ensure that no child’s fate is determined by his or her racial or ethnic background or zip code,” Mehrotra said.
With the data clearly highlighting the need for greater investment and action to help address the needs of children and families and promote economic mobility, CCC is proposing several solutions that should be enacted in the coming months and years:
Keeping Track 2017 is designed to serve as a desk reference for Keeping Track Online, the most comprehensive compilation of data on the well-being of New York City’s children and the largest set of city-level data of its kind.
About Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
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 and Twitter.