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Report Calls For More Opportunities To Be Made For Kids Of All Races

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Minnesota and North Dakota rank among some of the best states for giving kids the opportunity to become successful, but some say more needs to be done.

By 2018, non-white children will make up the majority of kids in the U.S. according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Their recent study on children's education and work opportunities finds more still needs to be done to help kids prepare for the future.

A chart released by the North Dakota Kids Count shows the gap between white children and Native American children in North Dakota. By the time the kids are in about 4th grade there's already a significant difference in reading and math proficiency.

Kids Count says in North Dakota 50% of African American and American Indian children live in a home with an income below the poverty line.

In 2012, 15% of Minnesota children were living in poverty.

According to the program, growing up in severe poverty affects kids health, brain development and both social and emotional well being.

Both Kids Count and the Annie Casey Foundation say more programs need to be implemented to improve outcomes for kids.

The Casey foundation says their report, called 'Race for Results', is calling on policy makers to help create more opportunities for children of all races.

If you want to read more information visit North Dakota Kids Count.

To read the full report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation click here.

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