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New Report Shows Disparity For Iowa Children

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A new report finds when it comes to race, not all kids are equal.

They are the leaders of tomorrow, but a new study shows some children are not doing as well as others.

When you break down the numbers, Iowa ranks 17th in the nation when it comes to the well-being of white children, they fall to 18th for Latinos and 30th for blacks."

"It's not surprising. Children of color in Iowa are often raised in neighborhoods and areas where they suffer deprivation, said Mike Mitchell, Program Officer at Four Oaks, a non-profit aimed at helping kids and their families.

Mitchel poverty is the leading force behind this tough upbringing, and the results can be devastating.

"It affects their development. That means they don't do so well in school then as young adults have social problems, he said.

Those are some of the issues that the kids count study used to determine its results.

The report is based on 12 measurements including everything from birth weight to scores in proficiency exams and family income.

National issues that organizations like diversity focus and four oaks are already working to improve here in the state.

"A lot of work again is being done by Four Oaks making sure that people have the skills that they need as well as Kirkwood Community College, said Chad Simmons, Executive Director at Diversity Focus.

"Making sure that even within our education system that people can constantly see positive role models that will allow them to strive for things that they would not traditionally go for, he said.

The goal is to ensure that every child, of every race is well prepped for the future.

Overall, the study finds that not only African American children are behind.

American Indian and Latino children face some of the biggest obstacles on the pathway to opportunity nationwide.
 
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