ERIC Number: ED439826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Kansas Kids Count Data Book, 1998. A Project of Kansas Action for Children.
Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
The Kids Count Data Book examines trends in the well-being of Kansas children. The statistical portrait is based on trends in 22 indicators of child well-being, grouped into 5 areas: (1) economic well-being--births to single teens, free school meals, family economic assistance, child poverty rates; (2) physical health and safety--childhood deaths, infant mortality, early prenatal care, immunization rates, low birth-weight infants; (3) childhood care and education--Head Start participation, child care availability, high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education/training, births to mothers with less than a high school degree, high school graduation rates; (4) emotional well-being--out-of-home placement, teen violent deaths, reported and confirmed child abuse and neglect; and (5) social behavior and control--juvenile court filings, youth alcohol use, youth reporting binge drinking, youth who have ever used drugs other than alcohol. Section 1 of the data book, "A Roadmap for the Future," discusses the importance of early childhood for future development and describes Kansas' investment in those years through parent education initiatives. Section 2 consists of tables detailing findings for each indicator by county and statewide. Section 3, the bulk of the report, presents statistics for each county, a graphic and narrative description of trends, and demographic information. Among the findings, the report notes that for 18 indicators with reliable baseline data, there have been improvements since the early 1990s in Head Start participation, child care availability, post-secondary education, out-of-home placements, and child immunization. However, there have been increases in youth alcohol and drug use, juvenile court filings, and teen violent deaths and declining rates of family economic assistance. The data book's appendix includes information on indicator selection and data sources. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Day Care, Drinking, Drug Use, Early Parenthood, High School Graduates, Immunization Programs, Infant Mortality, Juvenile Justice, Mortality Rate, One Parent Family, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Preschool Education, Social Indicators, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Welfare Services, Well Being
Kansas Action for Children, Inc., 715 SW 10th Street, Topeka, KS 66612 ($13, plus $2 shipping). Tel: 913-232-0550; Fax: 913-232-0699; Web site: http://www.kac.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas