ERIC Number: ED475646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Kids Count Data Book, 2003: State Profiles of Child Well-Being.
O'Hare, William P.
This Kids Count data book examines national and statewide trends in the well being of the nation's children. Statistical portraits are based on 10 indicators of well being: (1) percent of low birth weight babies; (2) infant mortality rate; (3) child death rate; (4) rate of teen deaths by accident, homicide, and suicide; (5) teen birth rate; (6) percent of teens who are high school dropouts; (7) percent of teens not attending school and not working; (8) percent of children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment; (9) percent of children living in poverty; and (10) percent of families with children headed by a single parent. Following an essay on the high cost of being poor, the bulk of the data book is comprised of national and state profiles. These profiles include information on demographics, education, economics, child health, children in low-income working families, trend data, and national rankings for each indicator. Among the findings, the data indicate that (1) two indicators, percent of low birthweight babies and percent of families with children headed by a single parent, have changed for the worse nationally; the child death rate has improved among each racial and ethnic group; (3) accidents continue to account for at least three times as many teen deaths as any other source; and (4) growth in the ranks of poor children over the past few decades has not been due to an increase in the number of welfare-dependent families but rather an increase in the number of working poor families. The report's three appendices provide standard scores and national rankings, multi-year trend data for Kids Count indicators, and multi-year national composite ranks. Definitions, data sources, criteria for selecting Kids Count indicators, and contacts for specific state projects conclude the data book. (HTH)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Birth Weight, Child Health, Child Welfare, Children, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Infant Mortality, Mortality Rate, One Parent Family, Poverty, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Well Being, Youth Problems
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Attn: KIDS COUNT Data Book, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.kidscount.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers - Location: United States