Texas ranks among the 10 worst states in the nation when it comes to child protection amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study.
Approaching the one-year mark since the pandemic was declared, the international non-profit Save the Children has been able to analyze the burden of COVID-19 on families with children.
Save the Children examined three hardships that it believes most-challenged children in the United States – hunger, lack of tools for remote learning, and difficulty for families to pay bills.
According to the study, 17 million children are living with food insecurity, at least one in four students are unequipped for distance learning and 69% of families are facing financial hardships.
Furthermore, the study acknowledges disparities along geographic, income and racial/ethnic lines.
The study found children of color are more likely to face hunger as well as lack tools needed for remote learning.
Additionally, two-thirds of Black and Hispanic families report losing employment during the pandemic, according to the study.
Out of all 50 states, Texas was ranked No. 48 in COVID-19 child protection.
Among the bottom 10 states included New York (41), Florida (42), Georgia (43), Oklahoma (44), Arkansas (45), Alabama (46), New Mexico (47), Mississippi (49) and Louisiana (50).