February 2, 2015
Ahead of Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City Address, Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC), one of the city’s oldest children’s advocacy organizations, has released a new Community Risk Ranking that reveals a stark disparity in child well-being across New York City.
Taking into account data on economic security, health, housing, education, and youth and family issues, the report ranks the city’s 59 community districts from lowest to highest concentration of risk to child well-being, and shows radically different realities among children living sometimes just blocks apart.
Key findings from CCC’s Community Risk Ranking include:
While the cumulative risks to children are greatest in the Hunts Point community of the Bronx, 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.
“Although the City has taken significant initial steps to combat inequality and improve opportunities for all New Yorkers, especially children, our Community Risk Ranking reveals that initiatives currently underway must go deeper and broader in the coming years to bridge this divide. We must increase our investments in programs and services that help children and families thrive and pay particular attention to the impact of such investments on the highest-risk communities where the barriers to child well-being are most profound,” said Jennifer March, Executive Director, Citizens’ Committee for Children.
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 2 million children. By highlighting the vast inequality in child well-being across the city and illustrating how risks are interrelated, the ranking can help to determine where additional resources, supports, or services are needed to improve outcomes for children.
In light of these findings, Citizens’ Committee for Children proposes the following policy solutions that expand access to programs and services known to improve child well-being:
The complete Community Risk Ranking can be found here.
About Citizen’s Committee for Children
We educate and mobilize New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Our advocacy combines 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 about CCC, visit www.cccnewyork.org.