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Report: Children of color in Nevada face more healthcare, academic obstacles

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Children of color living in Nevada continue to face more obstacles to healthcare and academic achievement than their counterparts in other states.

That’s according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Race for Results Report, released Wednesday.

The report used data from across 12 areas to assess well-being milestones for children. The data are then scored and broken down across race and ethnicity. Those measures include indicators such as whether babies are born at a normal birth weight, reading and math proficiency scores, and poverty rates.

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Overall, this year’s report found that, in Nevada, outcomes for children of color are below national averages specifically when it comes to health and academic and career achievement.

In particular, the report found that biggest well-being gaps were between Black and Hispanic communities and their white and Asian American and Pacific Islander peers.

The report calls on state and federal policy makers to expand the child tax credit, as well as the earned income tax credit, as part of the effort to ease childhood poverty rates.

It also says lawmakers should consider baby bonds and children’s savings accounts — programs that contribute public funds to dedicated accounts to help families save for their children’s future.

Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.