Wisconsin ranks number 13 in overall child well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. While the ranking indicates that Wisconsin’s children are faring better than 37 other states, it’s critical to note that Wisconsin’s children of color face some of the greatest racial disparities in the nation.
According to Race for Results, a report released by WCCF in 2014, the overall well-being of Wisconsin’s African American children is the worst in the nation. The report found gaping disparities between Wisconsin’s white children and their non-white peers. Children of color in Wisconsin are more likely to live in poverty and lack access to the basic resources needed to succeed in life.
The KIDS COUNT® Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Data Book measures child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.