December 12, 2017
For Immediate Release: December 12, 2017
Elysia Murphy (212) 673-1800 x18 firstname.lastname@example.org
New report ranks city’s 59 community districts and highlights neighborhoods where children continue to face significant risks to long-term well-being
New York – A new report released today by Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) reveals that the well-being of New York City’s children continues to improve in the wake of the Great Recession, but that those improvements aren’t reaching all children, with multiple risk factors still present in pockets of New York City. The south Bronx, central Brooklyn, and upper Manhattan continue to have the highest levels of risk, while eastern parts of the Bronx, eastern parts of Queens, and the north shore of Staten Island have experienced elevated levels of risk, even in areas where citywide trends are positive.
CCC’s annual Community Risk Ranking, which measures 18 indicators across six domains of child well-being (economic security, housing, health, education, youth, and family and community) found that from 2010 to 2015, New York City experienced citywide improvements overall and across domains including declining child poverty rates, infant mortality rates, teen birth rates, and violent felony rates, and increasing median incomes and graduation rates. However, the report, which ranks the city’s 59 community districts based on these domains, demonstrates how children and families in some communities continue to experience multiple risk factors that could impact their immediate and long-term well-being, despite progress made citywide. This year’s report is taking a special focus on the differences from 2010 to 2015, the most recent year that all indicators are available, to illustrate how community risk levels have changed in the years since the height of the Great Recession.
“When we look at the status of child well-being in New York City, we see clear signs of progress citywide since the economic downturn. But not every community is benefiting from this rising tide,” said Jennifer March, Executive Director of CCC. “In fact, we see children in particular communities falling behind, so we need to build on the efforts already underway and enact policy solutions that will make New York City a fairer and more just city for its children and families.”
For example, the Bronx districts of Hunts Point, Mott Haven, East Tremont, Morrissania, University Heights, and Concourse/Highbridge remained in the highest risk overall category in the years examined. The report also reveals how adjacent communities in the eastern portion of the Bronx —
Unionport/Soundview, Throgs Neck, Pelham Parkway, and Williamsbridge — have increased in risk level, with Unionport/Soundview moving to the highest risk category overall.
The report also calls attention to the North Shore of Staten Island, which has not recovered from the effects of the recession at the same pace as the city overall, with child poverty, infant mortality and youth unemployment increasing. Even in areas of improvement, such as the teen birth rate, trends have not kept pace with citywide improvements.
CCC’s analysis of each borough also illustrates how in some communities where positive changes have occurred, children and families continue to face significant challenges:
New York City has the largest population of children in the country and the actions taken locally to address the needs of the city’s youngest and most vulnerable residents have the potential to raise the bar on efforts to strengthen outcomes and combat disparities nationwide.
“Our hope is that this analysis will provide the foundation for conversations around what more we can do to make sure that children and families in every community in NYC flourish,” said Apurva Mehrotra, CCC Director of Research and Data Analysis.
CCC is proposing several solutions that would build on the efforts underway to build a fairer more just city for New York’s children and families, and our city as a whole: