ERIC Number: ED179335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
Appalachian Children and Their Families. A Statistical Profile.
CSR, Inc., Arlington, VA.
A statistical profile of Appalachia's young children, from birth to 9 years, was compiled from federal and state data sources. The profile provides information important in making immediate and long range plans for improving the status of Appalachian children and their families. An examination of family living conditions suggests that Appalachian families need continued support if they are to provide their children with a healthy and secure environment; family problems include rising divorce rates, inadequate housing, and a disproportionate number of families living in poverty. The question of what constitutes adequate child care for Appalachian children is an unsettled matter. The majority of children under 6 with working mothers are cared for in informal arrangements with relatives; only 23% are enrolled in licensed day care settings. Indicators of educational attainment point to deficiencies in Appalachian education: the rate of nursery school enrollment is just over half of the national average; achievement test scores are well below the U.S. standard; Appalachian children receive fewer instructional dollars than children in non-Appalachian portions of Appalachian states. Health care information indicates the need for better distribution of health manpower, more prenatal care and dental services, and consideration of the problems associated with teenage pregnancy. (JH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age, Attendance, Child Care, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Day Care, Divorce, Educational Programs, Employed Women, Enrollment, Family Environment, Family Problems, Financial Support, Health Needs, Health Services, Housing Needs, Income, Preschool Education, Preventive Medicine, Race, Rural Education, Rural Family, Socioeconomic Status, Statistical Data
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CSR, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Note: Paper prepared for the conference on Raising a New Generation in Appalachia (Asheville, NC, November 14-17, 1978); Tables may not reproduce well due to small print size