Step Up in Minnesota!

Let’s plan this year’s Step Up for Kids event together! August 28th is the date. The time to plan is now. Sign up here, and I’ll be in touch with more information. Thanks. –Vanessa

Did you know that Minnesota for two years running has ranked #1 in overall child well-being? That’s good news. Not so good, however, is the news that despite its spot at the top, Minnesota doesn’t do as well by its children of color–approximately 30% of the child population–compared to other states.

The rankings are based on 16 indicators in four broad categories—economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The data is collected by Kids Count, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and published annually in its Data Book, showing how children are doing in each state and nationally. Released on June 21, this year’s book ranks Minnesota third in economic well-being, first in health, sixth in education, and fourth in family and community.

The disparities between white children and those of color, as noted by the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, the state’s Kids Count grantee, are evident when the data is examined by race and ethnicity: “Nearly three-quarters of Black and American Indian children, nearly two-thirds of Hispanic or Latino children and almost half of Asian children, compared to less than a quarter of White children live in low income households.” They are “less likely to live in economically secure families and neighborhoods and less likely to attend preschool, meet reading and math standards and graduate high school on time.”

Every Child Matters in Minnesota is working to draw attention to this opportunity gap and to close the gap by creating a movement of concerned people and organizations. Please join us in this important work. We can’t do it alone. A first step is to connect with us to put together the best ever Step Up for Kids event on August 28.  Get involved!

Vanessa Young
Every Child Matters in Minnesota