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ERIC Number: EJ775351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1045-3830
Critical Issues Children Face in the 2000s
Crockett, Deborah
School Psychology Quarterly, v18 n4 p446-453 Win 2003
Children will face many critical issues in the 21st century. Unfortunately, most of these issues are not new and have remained the same from previous years. Millions of children lack safe, affordable, quality child care and early childhood education while their parents work. Seven and one-half million children are at home alone without supervision, frequently after school when they are at greatest risk for getting into trouble. Close to 12 million children are poor, millions are hungry and/or at risk for hunger, living in the worst housing conditions, or are homeless. Almost 80% of poor children live in working households. Data from the National Center for Children in Poverty (2003) indicate that: A total of 37% of children in the United States (27 million) live in low-income families. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for all 15 to 24-year olds, most killed with guns. In an average classroom of 20 children, there are most likely at least three children who are either victims or bullies. One-half of motor vehicle accidents involving adolescents are associated with alcohol and other drugs. Due to the scope of the issues children face in the 2000s, greater planning, collaboration, and program implementation across disciplines and agencies is required.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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