State of Texas Children 2017 Child Well-Being in the Rio Grande Valley

Center for Public Policy Priorities

November 30, 2017

We all want a bright future for our children, and we want the Rio Grande Valley to be a place that makes that bright future possible. As the area’s economy and population grow, its future depends on the health, education, and financial security of all its children – across neighborhood, income, immigration status, race and ethnicity.1 Located on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Rio Grande Valley is a place of rich culture and possibilities. However, on many indicators of children’s health, education and financial security, the Valley is not doing as well as Texas overall, revealing a pattern of disinvestment in children’s futures.

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