ERIC Number: ED428853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Challenging Trends: Indicators of Well-Being for Iowa Children.
Iowa Kids Count Initiative, Des Moines.
This Kids Count report examines statewide trends in the well-being of Iowa's children. The statistical portrait is based on eight indicators of well-being: (1) infant mortality; (2) low birth weight; (3) child deaths; (4) teen violent deaths; (5) births to teens; (6) teen unmarried births; (7) foster care; and (8) high school graduation. Following an introduction describing the goals of the Iowa Kids Count Initiative, Part 1 of the report provides census information on child poverty in Iowa. Part 2 provides a 10-year statewide trend analysis on key well-being indicators. Part 3 of the report summarized the work of the Leadership Collaborative, including conducting regional meetings to establish an agenda for 1993 focusing on state public policies for young children. The report indicates that over the past 10 years, well-being declined significantly as shown by rates of low birth weight, births to 16- and 17-year-olds, teen unmarried births, and foster care increases. Only the infant mortality rate improved. Little change was evident in child death rate, teen violent death rate, and high school graduation rate. Findings further indicate that 14 percent of children lived in households with incomes below the federal poverty level, with considerable county differences and higher child poverty rates in rural counties and for very young children. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Births to Single Women, Child Health, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Demography, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Graduates, Incidence, Mortality Rate, Poverty, Rural Urban Differences, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Well Being, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Kids Count Initiative, Des Moines.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa