ERIC Number: ED468059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Children at Risk: State Trends, 1990-2000. A First Look at Census 2000 Supplementary Survey Data. A PRB/KIDS COUNT Special Report.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.
This report, based on data from U. S. Census Bureau, provides a first look at state trends in welfare policy. Data released by the Census Bureau in November 2001 provide the measures needed for a state-by-state examination of trends in the well-being of children and families. This study assessed changes over the past decade by comparing figures from the 1990 Decennial Census with similar figures from a special U.S. Census Bureau survey, the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey, which was field tested in 2000. The study examined changes in 11 key measures of child well-being. Changes are provided on a state-by-state basis, and national figures are presented with state figures to help readers ascertain whether a state has improved and the dimensions of childrens lives that have changed. During the first half of the 1990s, many state governments modified or eliminated programs through direct legislation. The shift from federal to state decision making has also created a demand for better state-level data on children and families. This publication illustrates some of the important state-level indicators that will be available on a regular basis. Nationally the percentage of high-risk children fell slightly from 13% in 1990 to 12% in 2000, but nine states and the District of Columbia experienced an increase in the percentage of high-risk children. Alaska had the greatest increase in the number of high-risk children; Mississippi had the highest percentage of high-risk children. Profiles for each state and the District of Columbia contain graphs illustrating each of the 11 indicators. Four appendices provide supplemental information on changes in risk status. Definitions and a discussion of data sources are included, and a list of primary contacts for KIDS COUNT projects is attached. (SLD)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Census Figures, Child Welfare, Children, Federal Aid, Profiles, Public Policy, Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Welfare Reform
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Attn: KIDS COUNT Special Report, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Web site: http://www.kidscount.org. For full text: http://www.kidscount.org and http://www.prb.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.