interview with Laura Speer

The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has issued its latest “Kids Count” policy report, subtitled “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, New National, State Scorecard on Children’s Progress Shows  Troubling Obstacles, Especially for Children of Color, to Reaching Key Milestones.”

Laura Speer, associate director for Policy, Research & Data, joined “First Take with Lando and Chavis” to discuss the findings and recommendations in the report.  The index is based on 12 indicators that measure a child’s success in each stage of life, from birth to adulthood. 
“This report is an effort to measure how well kids are doing on the path to being economically successful as adults,” said Speer.   “As the country becomes more and more diverse, the future prosperity and how competitive we can be globally is more and more hinging on the success of kids of color.”
The AECF says by 2018, children of color will represent the majority of children in the United States, and by 2030 they will be the majority of the workforce.
Disparities between children of different ethnicities are tabulated nationally and state-by-state.  The report, including its recommendations, is available at
Music on this feature is by Tito Puente, “Be-Bop” on the CD Special Delivery and Lee Morgan, “Hocus-Pocus” on the CD The Sidewinder.
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