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ERIC Number: ED519891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
New Jersey Kids Count 2008: The State of Our Children
Traini, Cecilia
Association for Children of New Jersey
New Jersey children are in some important ways better off than five years ago. More 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in high-quality, publicly funded preschool, for example. On some other measures, children are worse off. The proportion with no health insurance has risen, despite increased enrollment in government-subsidized insurance programs. But the most striking--and troubling--fact evident from the data in this report is that too little has changed. The rate of child poverty, a contributing factor to many problems for young people, has not budged. Following is a Kids Count summary of the state of New Jersey's children in 2008: (1) New Jersey public schools are narrowing the achievement gap between low-income elementary school students and their more affluent peers, particularly in math; (2) The number of grandparents raising their grandchildren dropped by 25 percent between 2002 and 2006; (3) The number of children receiving food stamps increased 30 percent over five years to almost 210,000, although the poverty rate remained stable; (4) The number of "legal orphans"-- children legally free for adoption but who have not yet been adopted--dropped more than 40 percent in just one year, reaching a low of 1,295 in 2007: (5) Enrollment in NJ FamilyCare, the state's health insurance program for low-income children, increased 25 percent from 2003 to 2007; and (6) New Jersey public school students continue to perform well on national measures. The challenges identified by the Kids Count for 2008 are: (1) One in four households in the state spent more than half of their income on rent in 2006, leaving them with little money for food, health care, clothing and other essentials; (2) Eighty percent of low-income children lived in families that spent more than 30 percent of their income on housing in 2006; (3) No progress has been made in lifting families out of poverty and near poverty in the past five years; (4) More than one in four children in 2006 lived in families where no parent had stable employment; (5) Single-parent families, which are often headed by women, are more likely to be poor; and (6) One in eight children have no health insurance, up from one in 10. Data Sources and Definitions are included.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Association for Children of New Jersey
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey