Community Evaluation Programs

A Division of the Office for Public Engagement and
Scholarship, a department of University Outreach
and Engagement


GSRP Sites and Child Opportunity Index Map

Data Source: 2018-19

Current research has shown that where children live and the extent to which children have access to opportunities greatly affect the quality of childhood experiences, their health and education, the norms and expectations for their future, and adulthood success. The Child Opportunity Index 2.0 created by is a metric to reflect contemporary opportunities for 27,000 neighborhoods across the United States. It consists of three domains: education (determined by factors such as third-grade-level proficiencies and high school graduation rates), health and environment (determined by factors such as air pollution levels, healthy food outlets and the availability of green spaces), and social and economic factors (determined by measures such as the number of adults with high-skill jobs, employment, home ownership and poverty rates). Each neighborhood receives a score for each of the three domains and an overall Child Opportunity Level composite score to reflect their opportunity levels (“very low”, “low”, “moderate”, “high” to “very high” opportunity) as compared to the state and national averages. In the state of Michigan, Child Opportunity Score was available for all 5,482 neighborhoods. In this resource, the Overall Child Opportunity Index was used with opportunity levels compared against the State Average. This map shows the locations of 2018-19 GSRP sites, the locations of Head Start sites, ISD boundaries, and census tracts, which are color coded to show the Child Opportunity Index level of the census tract.