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Research,  November 01, 2005

Report and Technology State Fact Sheets from The Children's Partnership

"Technology is quickly becoming a necessary tool for young people to grow up healthy, educated, and productive in our country. Being prepared with the skills to use computers and the Internet has been shown to create important opportunities for children such as improving academic achievement, developing workforce skills for the future, and improving health. However, some states are doing a better job than others in preparing their residents, and in particular youth, with the resources to participate effectively in today’s technology-driven world.

Are the young people in your state technologically ready?

To find out whether young people in your state are prepared, The Children’s Partnership has developed state fact sheets, at , for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, which provide key data such as the rate of workers employed in high-tech firms and the percentage of homes that have computer, Internet, and broadband access.

The fact sheets complement a report recently released by The Children’s Partnership entitled, Measuring Digital Opportunity for America’s Children: Where We Stand and Where We Go From Here. The report showed that Information and Communications Technology positively impacts the lives of youth, particularly around four critical areas of their lives – health, education, workforce development, and civic participation. It also identified a troubling digital gap, showing that many youth miss out on these opportunities.

We hope that these state fact sheets – along with the report – will assist you in making sure your state’s children are not left behind in the technology age. Our staff would be pleased to talk with you about any advocacy you are doing or might undertake in your state to promote digital opportunity for youth. And we will very much value your feedback or suggestions about these ideas and materials."

Referred by: CTCNet Discussion List
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 01, 2005 | Research