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Child and Family Well-Being

Children and families should have access to what they need to increase opportunities for each and every child to thrive and improve the health, safety, and well-being of our future generation. Children are the future of our state, and their well-being directly impacts the future prosperity of our communities. When children have access to the resources to meet their basic needs, such as nutritious food, safe housing, quality education, and healthcare within their families and communities, they have a foundation for healthy growth and development and future success. Adequate access to these essentials not only ensures their physical well-being but also supports their cognitive, emotional, and social development. Furthermore, when families are equipped with the necessary resources and support systems, it strengthens their ability to provide a nurturing and stable environment for their children. By prioritizing the well-being of Minnesota’s children and families and ensuring their access to basic needs, we can lay the groundwork for thriving childhoods and adulthoods for Minnesotans.

According to the 2021 Census data, American Indian and Black children have the highest official poverty rates among all racial and ethnic groups, at 30 percent and 23 percent respectively, while non-Hispanic white children have the lowest at 7.3 percent (US Census ACS). Asian, Hispanic, and multi-racial individuals also report higher rates of poverty than the statewide rate of 10.8 percent. 

By focusing on children facing racial, geographic, and economic inequities, all children in Minnesota will be able to achieve life-long healthy development and well-being and to thrive within their families and communities.  It’s critical that all of Minnesota’s families are able to access benefits, supports, and tax structures intended to build family economic stability. This includes making sure that supports like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, universal school meals, and various benefits and credits within the tax system are fully utilized. Minnesota state leaders, advocates and partners have been engaged in efforts to better support the well-being of children and their families. However, there continue to be persistent disparities and this goal provides an opportunity to create more effective systems of support.

Goal: Minnesota children and families have access to basic needs and a high-level of well-being.

Measurable goal for 2027: Reduce child poverty. Target in development

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Source: United States Census Bureau Supplemental Poverty Measure, 2017-2019. The 2026 estimated impact of the child tax credit was calculated by the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy. 

Technical notes: 
Unlike the official poverty measure which only estimates income, the supplemental poverty measure examines estimates a family’s income, government benefits, and household expenses to determine poverty. Geographic variations in expenses and more updated household definitions are also part of the supplemental poverty measure. The estimates of poverty for this goal combine three years of data.
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