ERIC Number: ED405977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Illinois Kids Count: Rise to the Challenge. County by County Data and Action Agenda.
Nagle, Ami; Richards, Katie
This KIDS COUNT report presents information on the status of Illinois children and highlights strategies used to improve the well-being of children and families. The first section, "Facing the Challenge," contains a series of conversations with experts detailing current programs to meet a six-point action agenda: (1) support new families; (2) start early in every child's life; (3) improve schools; (4) provide quality health care; (5) work in collaboration; and (6) provide family economic security. "A Look at the Challenges" presents findings on 12 indicators of well-being, including countywide data. Indicators are: (1) unemployment; (2) children receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); (3) child support enforcement; (4) infant and toddler care; (5) prekindergarten and Head Start participation; (6) per-pupil revenues; (7) lack of first trimester prenatal care; (8) infant mortality; (9) youth deaths; (10) children born to single, uneducated teens; (11) abuse and neglect rates; and (12) children in substitute care. Findings indicate that the number of children receiving AFDC has increased; Illinois ranks 48th in its ability to collect child support; lack of first trimester prenatal care has improved between 1984 and 1994; infant mortality has been improving although there is still a large gap between blacks and whites; there are continued problems in affordable, accessible quality infant and toddler care; there has been a substantial increase in 10 years in the number of families headed by single, teen mothers who have not completed high school; child abuse and neglect rates have increased substantially; and out-of-home or foster care has seen an enormous increase in 4 years. (KDFB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Children, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Family Programs, Health Services, Mortality Rate, Poverty, Social Indicators, Social Problems, Tables (Data), Well Being
Voices for Illinois Children, 208 South LaSalle, Suite 1580, Chicago, IL 60604; phone: 312-456-0600; internet: WWW.voices4kids.org ($15; $12 for Voice members. Make check payable to Voices for Illinois Children).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois