ERIC Number: ED419576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Every Kid Counts in the District of Columbia: 4th Annual Fact Book, 1997.
D.C. Kids Count Collaborative for Children and Families, Washington, DC.
This Kids Count fact book is the fourth to report on the well-being of children and youth in the District of Columbia. The report's Executive Summary presents overall findings, and the bulk of the report presents trends in eight areas: (1) economic security; (2) family attachment and community support; (3) child day care; (4) homeless children and families; (5) child health; (6) deaths to children and teens; (7) safety and personal security; and (8) education. The report also discusses general population trends affecting the district's children; comparisons among the district's wards; district systems reform since the last report; recommendations to improve outcomes for the district's children, and indicator definitions and data sources. The report's findings indicate that about half of the district's children receive their sole support from welfare. The unwed birth rate declined for the second straight year to 66 percent, with about 15 percent of children born to teenagers. Paternity and child support court cases declined, while child abuse and neglect cases increased slightly. About half of mothers received adequate prenatal care in 1995. The number of low birthweight infants and the infant mortality rate declined for two years, but are still about twice the national level. The number of teen violent deaths decreased slightly. Juvenile cases increased by two percent. There have been no significant improvements in third or eleventh graders' mathematics achievement since 1989, and both have declined in reading achievement. The graduation rate fell to 48 percent in the years since 1995. Head Start enrollments have plummeted since the 1992-93 school year. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Support, Child Welfare, Children, Day Care, Dropout Rate, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Family (Sociological Unit), Homeless People, Juvenile Justice, Mortality Rate, Municipalities, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Welfare Reform, Well Being, Youth Problems
D.C. Kids Count Collaborative, c/o D.C. Children's Trust Fund, 1511 K Street, N.W., Suite 428, Washington, DC 20005; phone: 202-624-5555; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: D.C. Kids Count Collaborative for Children and Families, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia