ERIC Number: ED466657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
KIDS COUNT, 2001: State of the Child in Tennessee.
Brown, Pam; Delk, Fay L.; Henderson, Crystal; Huddleston, Jennifer; Petty, Steve; Wynn, Debbie; Young, Carmen
This Kids Count report examines statewide trends in the well-being of Tennessee's children. The statistical portrait is based on 34 indicators of children's well-being in 5 broad areas: (1) infant, child, and teen health, including enrollment in the TennCare (replacement for Tennessee's Medicaid Program) insurance program, prenatal, low birthweight infants, immunizations, enrollment in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and teen pregnancy and birth; (2) child and teen well-being, including child abuse and neglect, child death, teen violent death, juvenile justice, alcohol and substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and state custody; (3) education, including child care, Head Start, dropout rate, school safety, and school nutrition; and (4) economic security, including poverty, food stamps recipients, and unemployment; and (5) demographics. Following the narrative highlighting major findings, the report provides findings, by county, for each of the indicators. Among the findings are the following: (1) 45 percent of TennCare recipients are 20 years or younger; (2) 74 percent of women received adequate prenatal care; (3) the rate of low birthweight infants increased slightly from the previous year and is still considerably higher than the National Healthy People goal; (4) the infant mortality rate continues to decline; (5) the number of teen births declined, with the rates for Hispanic and African-American teens still higher than that for Caucasians; (6) approximately 12 percent of school-aged children receive special education; and (7) the percentage of 16- to 19-year-olds who are high school dropouts declined by one percentage point. The report concludes with maps, primary and secondary indicators, and data definitions and sources. (Contains 82 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Custody, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Safety, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Demography, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Insurance, Incidence, Income, Infant Mortality, Infants, Juvenile Justice, Mortality Rate, One Parent Family, Poverty, Pregnant Students, Prenatal Care, School Safety, Social Indicators, Special Education, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Substance Abuse, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Welfare Recipients, Well Being
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, Tennessee KIDS COUNT, Andrew Johnson Tower, 9th Floor, 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-0800. Tel: 800-264-0904 (Toll Free); Tel: 615-741-2633; Fax: 615-741-5956; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.state.tn.us/tccy/kc-soc01.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee