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October 2010Vol. 11, No. 8Data on Child Well-Being in America

Two new national reports provide easy access to current data on the well-being of children in America:

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics ( gathers data from 22 Federal agencies to update 40 well-being indicators on children, youth, and families in this annual report. A brief report was released this year; a full report is released every 2 years. The indicators span seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. Among the report's conclusions are the following major findings:

  • Health insurance coverage rates for children increased
  • Teen smoking was at its lowest since data collection began in 1980
  • The adolescent birth rate declined after a 2-year increase
  • The percentage of children whose parents had secure employment was the lowest since 1996, and the percentage living in food-insecure households was the highest since monitoring began in 1995

Read or download the report on the Forum's website:

2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book

This annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, now in its 21st year, presents data on 10 key indicators of child well-being, addressing health, education, teen employment, teen pregnancy, and family economic conditions. According to the data, overall improvements in child well-being that began in the late 1990s stalled in the years just before the current economic downturn. The authors caution that, because the report uses data collected in 2008 before most families were fully affected by the economic downturn, the overall effects have yet to be measured.

Some popular features of the KIDS COUNT Data Center website include:

  • A downloadable version of the full report
  • Data by State, county, city, or school district
  • State rankings and geographic profiles
  • Customizable maps, trend lines, and rankings for use in publications and presentations
  • Accessible via mobile device

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center for more information: