ERIC Number: ED437483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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The Right Start: Conditions of Babies and Their Families in America's Largest Cities. KIDS COUNT Special Report.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
This KIDS COUNT report presents statistics highlighting challenges faced by newborns and their parents in major urban areas. Data came from birth certificates. Overall, children living in central cities are far more likely to experience six risks associated with negative child outcomes, and when those six factors are used collectively to determine which children are high risk, 20 percent of children living in central cities are high risk, compared to only 8 percent of those living in suburbs and 14 percent of those living outside metropolitan areas. The report describes key indicators, including: percent of total births to women under age 20; percent of teen births to women who were already mothers; percent of total births to unmarried women; percent of total births to mothers with less than 12 years of education; percent of total births to mothers receiving late or no prenatal care; percent of total births to mothers who smoked during pregnancy; percent low-birthweight babies; percent preterm babies; percent healthy births; and percent of high risk births based on maternal characteristics. City profiles present key indicators, 1997; the number of births by maternal characteristics, 1997; the healthy birth index, 1997; and the risk index based on maternal characteristics, 1997. Two appendixes present cities ranked by indicator, 1997, and states ranked by indicator, 1997. The report also includes definitions and data sources and primary contacts for state KIDS COUNT projects. (SM)
Descriptors: Age Differences, At Risk Persons, Birth Weight, Child Welfare, Early Parenthood, Educational Attainment, Family Characteristics, Health Behavior, Infant Care, Infants, Mothers, Parent Influence, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Racial Differences, Smoking, Tables (Data), Urban Areas
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Attn: KIDS COUNT Special Report, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.