ERIC Number: ED450924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Status of Oregon's Children: 1999 County Data Book. Special Focus: Early Childhood.
Children First for Oregon, Portland.
This Kids Count data book examined trends in the well-being of Oregon's children, focusing on the well-being of children under 8 years. This statistical portrait is based on indicators of child well being in four areas: (1) health, including immunizations, health insurance, and health risk factors; (2) family well-being, including divorce and child abuse or neglect; (3) child care and early education, including percent in paid child care arrangements, number of child care slots, and prekindergarten enrollment; and (4) community investments, including access to free public libraries, and percent of children screened in the Healthy Start program. The report's introductory section defines and discusses the indicators, providing statewide trend information. An additional 12 measures of child well-being are included in the profiles: (1) juvenile arrests; (2) teen pregnancy; (3) teen suicide attempts; (4) high school dropout; (5) eighth grade reading proficiency; (6) eighth grade mathematics proficiency; (7) child abuse and neglect; (8) crimes against persons; (9) child deaths; (10) low birthweight infants; (11) infant mortality; and (12) and child care supply. Data sources and notes complete the introductory section. The remainder of the report is comprised of statistical profiles for the state and individual counties. Overall, the report's findings indicate that 36 percent of children under age 13 are in paid child care arrangements for an average of 27 hours weekly. In 1997, an estimated 58 percent of Oregon kindergartners were ready to learn in all areas. In 1998, 7,613 divorces affected households with children. Sixteen percent of children were living in poverty. Over 80 percent of Oregon 2-year-olds were current on their immunizations in 1998. Eight percent of children under age 8 lacked health insurance. The Healthy Start programs screened 79 percent of first birth children in program counties in 1998-99. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Birth Weight, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Community Programs, Counties, Day Care, Delinquency, Divorce, Dropout Rate, Early Childhood Education, Early Parenthood, Family (Sociological Unit), Health Insurance, Infant Mortality, Libraries, Mortality Rate, Social Indicators, Suicide, Trend Analysis, Victims of Crime, Well Being, Young Children
Children First for Oregon, P.O. Box 14914, Portland, OR 97205; Tel: 503-236-9754; Fax: 503-236-3048; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Children First for Oregon, Portland.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon