Community Risk Ranking Illustrates Dramatic Changes in Risks to Child Well-being
Released December 18, 2018
New York, NY – Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) released today a new edition of the Community Risk Ranking: Child Well-Being in New York City’s 59 Community Districts.
“New York City has experienced noteworthy progress since the economic downturn in 2008, with median incomes rising, greater numbers of children engaged in early education, graduating high school and lower rates of infant mortality, teen births, and violent crime. Yet, these positive changes are not universally experienced by all children, families, or communities,” said Jennifer March, CCC’s Executive Director.
This year’s analysis calls attention to communities that have experienced the biggest change in their risk ranking, both positive and negative, since 2009. Also, for the first time, the report includes detail on the index score that informs the ranking methodology, as well as the results for all 18 indicators across every community district to provide readers a better understanding of the severity of disparities between communities.
In terms of good news, the Community Risk Ranking illustrates how risks have decreased considerably in some communities in recent years:
In terms of troubling news, the Community Risk Ranking lays bare how different life can be for children and their families living just blocks or miles apart.
By illustrating where risk factors cluster as well as where improvements have been made or disparities persist, the analysis is designed to inform policy, programmatic and budget decisions that help to make New York City a better place for children in every New York City community.
“We believe this new edition of the Community Risk Ranking should spur a call action,” said Bijan Kimiagar, CCC’s Associate Executive Director for Research. “The data illustrate that progress is possible. We must remain diligent in advancing efforts across sectors to ensure that every community is equipped with the services and infrastructure needed to improve the well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers–our children and families.”
“There is no doubt that progress has been made on the state and local level across many critical issue areas that impact child and family well-being including expansion of universal prekindergarten, creation of universal afterschool in NYC and free school meals, raising the age of criminal responsibility, moving behavioral health into Medicaid managed care, or recent progress on fair fares. Yet, the disparities illustrated in the Community Risking Ranking dramatically underscore how government must go farther to achieve lasting improvements. As we tackle the challenges faced by New York families, we have an obligation to engage them in problem identification and solution seeking on every level. Their voices should inform decision making on affordable housing, public land use, job creation, as well as the built environment and service in communities,” said March.Based on findings from this year’s risk ranking, CCC believe opportunities for policy improvements exist across all domains of child and family well-being and that New York State and New York City leaders should consider the following recommendations:
You can also explore the data in the Community Risk Ranking on Keeping Track Online at http://data.cccnewyork.org
About Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York educates and mobilizes New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Since 1944, our advocacy has combined public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. We cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and promote practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. For more information on CCC, visit our web site at www.cccnewyork.org. Stay up to date on the latest news and information regarding the well-being of New York City’s children by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
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