A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that children of color and those growing up in immigrant families continue to face persistent barriers to opportunity.
The report, Race for Results , measures children’s progress on 12 key milestones for family security, health and education. The data shows small improvements since 2014. However, poverty and public policies leave many kids of color behind in every educational benchmark, from early childhood to attainment after high school.
Governor Ducey and many leaders throughout our state have made a commitment that all children in Arizona should have the chance for success, no matter what their family background or zip code is. But it is clear we can’t fulfill that commitment until we reform the very policies that are blocking the way for children with immigrant parents and children who are Latino, African American, and American Indian.
In Arizona, 445,000 children have at least one parent who is an immigrant; 90% of these children are US citizens. Nearly nine in ten children with immigrant parents in Arizona are children of color  and many struggle in school because of language and cultural barriers.