ERIC Number: ED437201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Wilmington Kids Count Fact Book 1999: How Well is the Village Raising the Child?
Delaware Univ., Newark. Kids Count in Delaware.
This Kids Count fact book provides a statistical portrait of the well-being of children in Wilmington, Delaware, and it is designed to be used by policymakers, educators, youth development professionals, and neighborhoods in Wilmington to design and implement community youth development plans. Seventeen indicators are used to describe children's well-being: (1) births to teens; (2) low birth weight infants; (3) infant mortality; (4) child deaths; (5) teen deaths by accident, homicide, and suicide; (6) juvenile crime; (7) teens not graduated and not enrolled in school; (8) teens not in school and not working; (9) children in poverty; (10) children in one-parent households; (11) prenatal care; (12) substance abuse; (13) HIV/AIDS; (14) food stamp participation; (15) welfare reform; (16) domestic violence; and (17) environmental hazards. Each indicator is defined, its relationship to child and family well-being described, and data portrayed in graph or chart format. Data are detailed by census tract, ZIP code, or by neighborhood for the most current year available. Among the findings reported are the following: the teen pregnancy rate is three times higher for black teens than for white; infant mortality rates are much higher than statewide rates; the leading cause of teen death was homicide or suicide rather than the unintentional injuries for teens statewide; the percentage of teens who are not enrolled in school, are not in the labor force, and are not high school graduates is almost triple the state percentage; and almost 38 percent of Wilmington children live below the poverty level, more than double the state percentage. Data tables complete the fact book. (KB)
Descriptors: Accidents, Adolescents, Birth Weight, Child Welfare, Children, Crime, Delinquency, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Violence, Homicide, Low Income Groups, Mortality Rate, One Parent Family, Poverty, Statistical Surveys, Suicide, Tables (Data), Urban Areas, Urban Youth, Welfare Reform, Well Being
KIDS COUNT in Delaware, 298K Graham Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-7350. Tel: 302-831-4966; Fax: 302-831-4987. Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark. Kids Count in Delaware.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware