• November 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 8

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Data on Child Well-Being in America

Two annual, national reports provide current data on the well-being of children in America:

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011, is produced by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (http://www.childstats.gov) and based on data collected from 22 Federal agencies to update 41 well-being indicators on children, youth, and families. This is the 15th report in the ongoing series. The indicators span seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. In addition, this year’s report contains a new indicator on teen immunizations and a special feature section on adoption.

http://www.childstats.gov/pdf/ac2011/ac_11.pdf (5.33 MB)
 

The 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that presents data on 10 key indicators of child well-being, addressing health, education, teen employment, teen pregnancy, and family economic conditions. This year's report points out that while great improvements have been realized in the past two decades, several concerning issues have emerged as well. For example, since 2001, the number of low-income children rose from 27 to 31 million in 2009—an increase of 42 percent. The official child poverty rate in 2009 declined to match the 1990 rate, 20 percent.

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
  • Stories from real families facing economic hardships and the solutions that helped
  • Link to a new mobile site

Visit the Kids Count Data Center for more information: 

http://datacenter.kidscount.org/DataBook/2011/Default.aspx

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