The overall child well-being score is 58.9, the United Way research says.
A panel including Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Kaufman and Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen discussed the research Wednesday morning.
Low rankings indicate that children in those communities may be reading below grade level at higher rates than children elsewhere, or have lower economic mobility as adults. Often, many issues converge for children in these situations, according to Ginneh Baugh, an associate vice president for the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
"There were so many children living in places where they were struggling with not one issue or two issues, but many issues overlaying each other,” Baugh said at the Wednesday morning presentation.
In Gwinnett County, the needs have changed over the past few years, Kaufman said, as the county has had a drastic demographic shift.
“Twenty-five years ago, Gwinnett County was 90 percent white,” Kaufman said. “Now, we’re majority-minority.”
That shift has dramatically increased the demands for things like English as a second language courses in schools that help level the playing field for children who have grown up speaking a different language, Kaufman said.