Louisiana bad for children
(Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock)

Louisiana Named Worst State for Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Minnesota Named Best

Global nonprofit group Save the Children has published a list of the best and worst-performing states for the nation’s children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, which pulled data from the U.S. census, looked at a number of factors impacting the health and wellness of children under the age of 13 including food availability, access to online schooling, employment status of the children’s parents, the ability of a family to pay for basic household expenses and more.

“Louisiana — where 1 in 4 families lack sufficient food, more than anywhere else in the country — placed as the ‘worst’ state for children during the pandemic,” reported Bracey Harris of NBC News. “It was followed by Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico and Alabama. Minnesota and Utah were the states where children fared the best, with Washington, New Hampshire and North Dakota rounding out the top five.”

“Kids and families are suffering all across this country, but there are some communities, and some states, better equipped to navigate through it,” Shane Garver, senior director of rural education for Save the Children, told Harris in an interview.

The disparities in childcare unearthed by the Save the Children research weren’t just limited to geographic regions.

“Forty-one percent of parents making less than $25,000 per year reported not having enough to eat,” Harris wrote. “The report [also] found that children of color were particularly vulnerable to hunger. Nearly 30% of Black households and 1 in 4 Hispanic families said they sometimes or often didn’t have enough food to eat, according to the report. That’s nearly twice the figure for white families.”

The survey also revealed that “tens of thousands” of children have not stepped inside of a classroom for in-person instruction since April 2020 and Black and Hispanic students were still more likely to be learning remotely despite a lack of technological resources to facilitate the process. In the worst scoring state, only 25% of Louisiana families said they had all the equipment needed to help their children regularly log on to online classrooms.

Related: For more recent diversity and inclusion news, click here.

 

Latest News

AbbVie’s ‘Ability’ Employee Resource Group on How the Company Champions People With Seen and Unseen Disabilities

Originally published at stories.abbvie.com. AbbVie ranked No. 15 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   In the sixth of a seven-part Employee Resource Group (ERG) series, we’re shining the spotlight on Ability at AbbVie. This group focuses on advocacy and inclusion, uniting employees with disabilities,…

United States Capitol Building

More Than 300 Black Congressional Staffers Decry Lack of Diversity on Capitol Hill; Challenge Lawmakers To ‘Do Better’

Regardless of which party is in power at any given time, people of color continue to be woefully underrepresented in not just elected office but also within support roles working for those lawmakers. And now, hundreds of these staffers are speaking out about what they call an “appalling” lack of…