Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Report actually shows that Queens is in pretty good shape
New data released the day before the State of the City reveals a “tale of two children” in Queens. When it comes to economic security, housing stability, educational development, healthcare, and family environment, Queens kids who live just blocks apart have radically different outcomes, and Queens communities rank both the lowest and highest across the city in terms of risks to child well-being.
The new report is a “Community Risk Ranking” from Citizens’ Committee for Children, which ranks the city’s 59 community districts from lowest to highest concentration of risk to the well-being of children. How did Queens stack up? Here are the highlights:
· Bayside is in the top 10 lowest-risk communities in the city (#4); Rego Park/Forest Hills, Sunnyside/Woodside, and Fresh Meadows/Briarwood also rated among the lowest risk.
· Jamaica/St. Albans, Elmhurst/Corona and Jackson Heights are the highest-risk communities in the borough.
· Queens Village and Jamaica/St. Albans are two of the highest-risk communities when it comes to health outcomes and healthcare environment for children.
These findings suggest that, as the Mayor shapes his funding priorities in the Preliminary Budget, resources must be diverted to high-risk Queens communities.
How about giving financial incentives for not having kids instead of the opposite?