ERIC Number: ED418798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Brain Development and the Education of Children from Birth to Age Three. West Virginia KIDS COUNT Data Book: 1997 County Profiles of Child Well-Being.
West Virginia Kids Count Fund, Charleston.
This sixth annual edition of the West Virginia Kids Count data book examines county and statewide trends in the well-being of West Virginia's children, focusing on brain development and educational initiatives for children from birth to 3 years of age. The statistical portrait is based on 11 well-being indicators: (1) percent low birthweight infants; (2) infant mortality rate; (3) child death rate; (4) percent eligible children served by Head Start; (5) percent children approved for free/reduced school meals; (6) child abuse/neglect rate; (7) teen birth rate; (8) percent births to unmarried teens; (9) percent high school dropouts; (10) teen violent death rate; and (11) percent births to mothers with less than a twelfth grade education. State maps illustrate the location of services for children from birth to three, nutrition services, day care, school meals, and teen births. An acetate map with child poverty rates facilitates comparison of indicators with poverty levels. The bulk of the report contains county profiles. Findings indicate that, between 1980 and 1995, there were increases in the rate of low birthweight infants and child death rate. There were declines in infant mortality rate, teen birth rate, high school dropout rate, teen violent death rate, and percent births to low educated mothers. Differences between African-Americans and Whites remained in several areas. Almost half of all students received free/reduced price school meals. The report recommends increasing public awareness about the critical nature of the first year of life, expanding services, and improving quality of care. Definitions, methodology, data sources, and statistics are appended. (KB)
Descriptors: Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Brain, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Counties, Demography, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, High School Graduates, Incidence, Infants, Mortality Rate, Poverty, Preschool Education, Racial Differences, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Well Being
West Virginia KIDS COUNT Fund, 1031 Quarrier Street, Suite 313, Atlas Building, Charleston, WV 25301; toll-free phone: 888-543-7268, 304-345-2101 ($5).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Kids Count Fund, Charleston.
Identifiers: Brain Development; Child Mortality; Indicators; Project Head Start; West Virginia
Note: For 1996 Data Book, see ED 407 121.