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Inequities Persist for NV Latino, African-American, and American Indian Kids

One bright spot for Nevada children in immigrant families: 80 percent live in two-parent families, compared with 62 percent for U.S.-born children. (Nevada Dept. of Agriculture)
One bright spot for Nevada children in immigrant families: 80 percent live in two-parent families, compared with 62 percent for U.S.-born children. (Nevada Dept. of Agriculture)
October 24, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. – African-American, Latino and American Indian children in Nevada still face a steep climb compared with their white and Asian peers, according to a new report.

Researchers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation issued the 2017 Race for Results report today, three years after the first one. While it shows that Nevada has made major progress in getting all kids insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act, major disparities persist.

Stephen Miller, an economics professor and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Lee Business School, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, says grinding poverty leads to lower educational attainment.

"There's a gap there, particularly noticeable in fourth-grade reading proficiency and eighth-grade math proficiency," Miller observed. "A large number of children of color live in poverty, so the parents or parent is struggling just to put food on the table, let alone trying to make sure that their child succeeds in their education or in their work."

The report found that among Nevada's African-American children, only 56 percent graduate from high school and just 38 percent live in two-parent families.

Latino children are the least likely of the ethnic groups studied to live with someone who holds a high school diploma, to live in a low-poverty area or go to any type of preschool. American Indian young adults are the least likely to be employed or enrolled in school.

Laura Speer, associate director for policy reform and advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, noted more than a third of Nevada's children live in immigrant families, which suffer much higher poverty rates even though most of the parents are employed.

"Oftentimes, they have more than one job," Speer explained. "The problem is that the jobs that they have often don't pay enough to make ends meet for their families."

About 13,000 Nevada kids are so-called Dreamers, whose futures are in jeopardy after President Donald Trump ended the DACA program. The report concludes that the DACA decision, along with increased immigration raids, has created "toxic stress" for many Latino children that hampers their mental health and their education.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV