ERIC Number: ED424967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Kids Count: The State of the Child in Tennessee, 1995.
Tennessee State Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville.
This Kids Count report examines trends in the well being of Tennessee's children. The statistical portrait is based on 23 indicators of child well being: (1) single-parent families; (2) family income/poverty; (3) children receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); (4) student participation in school nutrition programs; (5) child abuse and neglect rate; (6) children referred to juvenile courts; (7) child commitment rate to state care/custody; (8) enrollment in state health insurance program; (9) prenatal care rate; (10) low-birthweight rate; (11) infant mortality rate; (12) child death rate; (13) teen pregnancy rate; (14) court referrals for drug-related offenses; (15) teen HIV/AIDS incidence; (16) teen sexually transmitted disease rate; (17) teen violent death rate; (18) immunization completion rate; (19) child care spaces; (20) academic achievement; (21) firearm-related school expulsions; (22) high school dropout rate; and (23) students receiving special education. Following an executive summary, the data are presented in three sections. Section 1 indicates that single-parenthood is a growing trend, child poverty was 26 percent of all children, and there were declines in the percent of children in families receiving AFDC and juvenile court referrals. Section 2 identifies the immediate benefit of TennCare providing health insurance to previously uninsured children, and reports improvements in prenatal care, vaccine completion, infant and child mortality, and teen pregnancy. Section 3 provides results of mandated achievement testing programs, and reports reductions in the dropout rate but significant increases in firearm-related school suspensions. Each section delineates county and statewide data for most indicators. (KB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescents, Birth Weight, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Children, Counties, Crime, Day Care, Demography, Dropout Rate, Drug Abuse, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Guns, Health Insurance, Infant Mortality, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, Mortality Rate, One Parent Family, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Social Indicators, Special Education, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Suspension, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Welfare Recipients, Well Being
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee