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ERIC Number: ED519885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
New Jersey Kids Count 2006: The State of Children in Our State
Association for Children of New Jersey
This report presents a summary of areas of progress, as documented in "New Jersey Kids Count 2006," and areas that must be addressed as the state moves into the second half of the first decade of the new century. Gained ground include: (1) The number of children immunized by age 2, screened for lead poisoning, dental problems and other illnesses have all improved since 2000; (2) Infant mortality dropped 14 percent from 1999 to 2003; (3) FamilyCare and Medicaid enrollments increased 13 and 7 percent, respectively, from 2002 to 2005; (4) Pre-k enrollment continues to climb, especially for full-day programs, with 81 percent of children enrolled in state-approved preschool attending full-day classrooms; and (5) Low-income fourth-graders posted a 14 percent increase in the percent passing state language arts tests and a 35 percent improvement in math tests, compared to 4 and 9 percent, respectively, for all students. Lost ground include: (1) The number of children growing up in poverty or in working poor families is growing; (2) In 2004, 80 percent of low-income households spent more than the recommended 30 percent of income on rent, making New Jersey the worst in the nation on this measure of child well-being; (3) Only 35 percent of female-headed households received child support in 2003; (4) The number of uninsured children increased a disturbing 51 percent from 2000 to 2004, when 12 percent of New Jersey children were uninsured; and (5) Much of the growth in New Jersey's child poverty can be attributed to the growing number of immigrant children. Covering ground include: (1) New Jersey posted increases in the number of participants in all three major nutrition programs: food stamps, free- and reduced-price lunch and Woman, Infant and Children (WIC); (2) The number of children entering out-of-home care increased 16 percent from 2001 to 2004, while the number exiting care soared 46 percent during that same time; and (3) While more children are being screened for mental, dental and health problems, thousands still go without early detection and treatment. Data sources and definitions are included.
Association for Children of New Jersey. 35 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102. Tel: 973-643-3876; Fax: 973-643-9153; Web site: http://www.acnj.org
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Association for Children of New Jersey
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey