A report analysis by Children’s Trust of South Carolina shows the state’s children, especially those of color, are falling behind important milestones and families across racial lines are struggling. Race for Results: Building Opportunity for South Carolina’s Children includes recommendations on how to ensure future success for all children.
The findings include:
- Only 13 percent of African-American children have reading proficiency by grade four and math proficiency by grade eight.
- Only 44 percent of Hispanic/Latino children are enrolled in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten.
- One in every three South Carolina youth is not graduating from high school on time.
The report offers recommendations and focus for future investments in children, including evidence-based programs and educational attainment, to focus on improved outcomes for all children and for youth of color.
Children’s Trust produced the analysis as the KIDS COUNT grantee for South Carolina. KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, recently released a national report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children. The national report unveiled the new Race for Results Index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level.
Race for Results South Carolina
Race for Results national report
Ethnicity Profiles for South Carolina’s Children
Future business and community leaders are born every day, but new data show South Carolina’s children struggle to reach important milestones. For children and families of color, the struggle is even greater.
As the statewide organization that prevents child abuse, neglect and injury, Children’s Trust supports targeted policies and programs that ensure all children, regardless of race, are safe, healthy and ready for the future. Children’s Trust encourages all South Carolinians who care about children – legislators, parents, business and community leaders and advocates – to use the data and recommendations to make decisions. Three publications – Race for Results: Building Opportunity for South Carolina’s Children (PDF), the South Carolina Racial Equity Impact Assessment Guide (PDF), and the Early Childhood Common Agenda (PDF) – are available to help guide decision making to improve the lives of all children.