Nebraska was founded under values of opportunity and equality for all, but when looking at the data and research on Nebraska’s children and families, a harsher reality is uncovered – one of disparity and lack of equitable chance of future success and opportunity for children of color. In response to this, the Index of Race & Opportunity for Nebraska Children was created.
Voices for Children is deeply committed to using our resources to combat White supremacy; to pursuing equitable justice in our state; and to being held accountable for acting. In past years, Kids Count provided the Index of Race & Opportunity for Nebraska Children. This composite index score consists of 13 indicators of child well-being in policy areas such as health, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and economic stability. These data consistently revealed racial disparities and unequal opportunity for children and families of color.
Unfortunately, due to changes in the way some data were collected, we are unable to offer the index this year. The Kids Count team is searching for solutions to the problem and hopes to have the index back next year. In the meantime, 9 of the 13 statistics used in the past are still available. These data continue to show systemic racial inequities. Although we are unable to provide the Index of Race & Opportunity this year, Voices’ policy work is still oriented toward addressing these gaps and ensuring Nebraska lives up to its founding motto, “Equality before the Law.”
Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation, “Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide”, 2015.