ERIC Number: ED407146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Key Facts about the Children. A Report on the Status of Florida's Children: Volume VI. The 1996 Florida Kids Count Data Book.
University of South Florida, Tampa. Florida Center for Children and Youth.
This Kids Count report investigates county and statewide trends in the well-being of Florida's children. The statistical report is based on indicators of well-being in six areas: (1) child poverty; (2) births, including prenatal care access, infant mortality, low birth weight, and percent of births to unwed mothers; (3) teen parenthood; (4) child and teen safety, including child and teen mortality rates, teen violent deaths, runaways, and children affected by marriage dissolution; (5) education, including non-promotions, disciplinary actions, and high school graduation rate; and (6) youth and the law, including juvenile cases and youths transferred to adult court. The opening section provides information about the study and examines the crisis present among the youngest children in Florida. Section 2 presents statewide trends in demographics and indicators of child well-being. Section 3 presents state and countywide data for each indicator. Findings indicate that Florida ranks 48th in child well-being nationwide. Nearly 25 percent of Florida's children live in poverty. Advances have been made in the infant mortality rate, access to prenatal care, and child and teen violent death rates. Births to teen mothers have increased over 9 percent since 1980. In the last 5 years, the number of school disciplinary actions has increased almost 17 percent and delinquency cases have increased 32 percent. There are considerable racial differences in many of the indicators of well-being. Appendices present county rates for each indicator, racial and age group differences, terminology, and data sources. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Children, Counties, Demography, Divorce, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Family (Sociological Unit), Grade Repetition, Mortality Rate, One Parent Family, Out of School Youth, Prenatal Care, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Suspension, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Well Being
Florida Center for Children and Youth, P.O. Box 6646, Tallahassee, FL 32314; phone: 904-222-7140; fax: 904-224-6490.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Florida Center for Children and Youth.
Identifiers - Location: Florida