Minnesota is home to nearly 1 million children and youth ages 5-17. This age group requires relationships with caring adults to support positive development, avoid risky behaviors, and thrive. Outside of school, enrichment activities such as sports, arts, community service, mentoring, and religious activities, aid in developing skills they will use in education, employment, civic engagement, and family life. We track data on connection to caring adults and enrichment activities to better understand the positive development of children and youth in Minnesota.
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980,000 school-aged children
About 17% of the state’s population are children age 5-17.
322,000 school-aged children of color
About one third of school-aged children are children of color.
102,000 school-aged children below poverty
More than one in ten school-aged children live below poverty.