The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book addresses and ranks the well-being of children across the States in four main categories; economics, education, health and family and community.
According to the report, in 2012, 16.3 million American children lived in poverty, a four percent rise from 2005. An increasing number of children live with only one parent or in communities with high concentrations of poverty.
Yet there was some good news. The data show that more children are attending preschool and graduating high school, and the teen birth rate is at an historic low. More kids have access to health care and fewer children are dying from illness and accidents.
KIDS COUNT also places special emphasis on disparities of child well-being based on income, race, ethnicity, and geography; and evidence-backed solutions that work. Read more.
In nearly all the measures tracked by the KIDS COUNT Data Book, children of color consistently experience negative outcomes at a higher rate than their peers. In 2012, 50 percent of Hispanic children were living in households with a high housing cost burden and 67 percent of African American children were members of single-parent families. From 2010-2012, 59 percent of American Indian children were not attending preschool.
Among each key indicator, African American children almost always experienced the highest percentage of negatives.
The KIDS COUNT Data Center presents hundreds of child well-being indicators for the U.S. as well as by state, city, county and even congressional district. The resource is searchable, provides the option to create charts, graphs or maps to view data and ways to share this information via social media. In other words, it is ripe and ready for easy use by both journalists and advocates. (The data center is also accessible on mobile devices which means you can quiz and engage your friends in KIDS COUNT non-trivia over dinner. Suggested first question: which states are the best and the worst places to be a kid?)
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