It's looking like some Missouri children still face a color barrier.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation did a new study to see how children are doing on key milestones based on their race or ethic group.
Many minorities such as Latino, Indian, Asian, and Pacific Islander kids were shown to be doing well.
But the report found that some African-American children are still behind.
Many say there is some work ahead to ensure equal opportunity for children in the state.
"Because only when we know where we are can we make changes in policy, can make legislative changes, can make changes in people's homes to make a difference. Again try everything we can so that everyone regardless of race or background has the ability to succeed," said Bertha Thomas, Associate Dean of Multi-Cultural Affairs at Truman State University.
Thomas said race is still an issue in this country. She added though that there have been great strides made and progress with it.
All of her minority students have gone on to been very successful in her 20 years at Truman State.