Minority children in Kansas are more likely to live in low-income areas and have limited educational attainment than their white peers, according to a report released Monday.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Race for Results” reports minority children and those born to immigrant parents may face barriers white children don’t. That can mean adverse health effects and poorer educational and economic attainment, said John Wilson, a former state legislator and vice president of advocacy at Kansas Action for Children.
In Kansas, 77 percent of the state’s children live in low-poverty areas. That’s true for only 51 percent of African-American children and 53 percent of Latino children, according to the report.
Wilson said these children are also more likely to face stressers, like parents who have limited economic opportunities or education. They’re less likely to be ready for school. Those children may have physical or mental health problems later in life, or they may struggle in school and have fewer employment options as adults, he said.
Wilson said he thought children nationally faced challenges because of biased institutions, like segregated neighborhoods in the 20th century.
Gov. Sam Brownback and the Department for Children and Families were not available for comment.