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ERIC Number: ED519888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Camden Kids Count 2004: A City Profile of Child Well-Being
Ziegler, Derek
Association for Children of New Jersey
"Camden Kids Count 2004" provides a snapshot of child well-being in one of New Jersey's most impoverished cities, in the hopes of helping both city and state policymakers make use of limited resources to help New Jersey's neediest children. Here are some major findings documented in this report: (1) Thirty-five percent of Camden's population was under 18, according to the 2000 U.S. Census; (2) While the percentage of Camden residents under 18 is high, Camden's total child population declined 15 percent from the 1990 to 2000 U.S. Census; (3) Just 2.7 percent of Camden's children were white in 2000; (4) Earning just $20,695 in 1999, Camden City families fell far below the county median family income of $56,346; (5) According to U.S. Census 2000, nearly 40 percent of Camden youth aged 5 to 17 primarily speak a language other than English at home; (6) Mirroring statewide trends, the number of city children receiving welfare plummeted 35.8 percent from 1999 to 2004, but they still accounted for 66 percent of all Camden County children living in families on welfare; and (7) In the 2002-2003 school year, more than half of the city's fourth-graders failed both the language arts (55.1%) and math (58.1%) portion of the statewide tests. Other major findings include: (1) In 2001, infant deaths accounted for 1.7 percent of all births in the city and 1 percent in the county; (2) Births to unmarried mothers represented 80 percent of total births in the city in 2002, compared to 29 percent statewide; (3) Low-weight births in Camden City declined from 13.2 percent of all births in 1996 to 12.1 percent in 2002; (4) Births to teens dropped more in the city than the county; and (5) Out-of-home placements increased 17.4 percent in the city and 38.4 percent statewide from 2000 to 2004. Glossary/Sources are included. [This paper was produced in partnership with CAMConnect. Additional funding for Camden Kids Count was provided by: the Camden Center for Youth Development and Cooper University Hospital.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Association for Children of New Jersey
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey High School Proficiency Test; SAT (College Admission Test)