October 2012Vol. 13, No. 9America's Children in Brief and Centennial Series: The Children's Bureau and Family Planning
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (the Forum) released its annual report, America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. The Forum is a work group consisting of 22 Federal agencies focused on integrating Federal efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on child and family well-being. The report provides data on child well-being spanning seven indicators: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.
Key findings from this year's report include the following:
- Infant mortality, preterm birth rates, and births to adolescents declined.
- Average mathematics scores for 4th- and 8th-grade students increased.
- Violent crime victimization rates among youth decreased.
- The percentage of children with at least one parent employed full time decreased.
- The percentage of children living in poverty increased.
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being is available on the Forum's website:
See "2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book" in this issue.