Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its KIDS COUNT Data Book, a resource that gathers information on various factors affecting the well-being of children in the United States. The report is accompanied by a data center that allows users to view data on trends in their states as well as nationwide.
The 2019 edition of the KIDSCount Datab Book marks the 30th anniversary of the Data Book and includes a section that looks at how being a child in America has changed since 1990. America’s children are much more diverse, with children of color making up 47% of the child population in 2017 versus 31% in 1990. The teen birth rate fell 68%, the percentage of children without health insurance dropped 62% and the percentages of children 3 and 4 years of age attending preschool and of teens graduating from high school have both increased. In fact, conditions have improved in 11 of the 16 areas of child well-being that the foundation tracks since the first data book was published in 1990.
The rest of the Data Book looks at the period 2010-2017 to track state-level and national trends across four categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Here are some highlights of what it found for 2019:
Despite a general, if modest, trend of improvement across most of the 16 indicators, the report’s authors caution there is still much work to be done to improve child well-being in communities throughout America. The report includes a call to action to ensure the next census accurately counts children, particularly those who are members of vulnerable populations, and to use the data in the report to craft effective policies targeting child well-being.
Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book 2019.
Explore national and state-level data in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.