ERIC Number: ED430715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Maine Kids Count 1999 Data Book.
Maine Children's Alliance, Augusta.
This Kids Count Report details statewide trends in the well-being of Maine's children, with particular focus on child health care access. The statistical portrait is based on a variety of indicators in five areas: (1) child health care access; (2) physical and mental health; (3) community and family environment; (4) social and economic opportunity; and (5) education and learning. Following the data for these areas, the report presents state level trend data, a Maine state profile, county-by-county profiles, 1990 census data, and definitions and sources of data. The report notes that while a brighter economy and tightened eligibility requirements have decreased welfare roles, families getting off welfare may simply be swelling the ranks of the working poor, as evidenced in the increase in numbers of children receiving subsidized school lunches and the decline in jobs paying a livable wage. In addition, the state has seen an increase in child abuse cases, children placed in the care of the state, and in substance abuse. Infant mortality and teen pregnancies are declining. With regard to access to child health care, the report shows that the state still has at least 1 in 10 children without health insurance coverage, that these children are more at risk of poor health consequences than are low-income but privately-insured children, and that free and low cost health insurance for children is available through the State Children's Health Insurance Program. (HTH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Employed Parents, Employed Women, Family Environment, Health Insurance, Mental Health, One Parent Family, Poverty, Social Indicators, Tables (Data), Welfare Recipients, Well Being
Maine Children's Alliance, P.O. Box 2446, Augusta, ME 04338; Tel: 207-623-1868; Fax: 207-626-3302; e-mail: MAINEKIDS1@aol.com; Web site: http://www.mekids.org ($10).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Maine Children's Alliance, Augusta.
Identifiers - Location: Maine