41 Key Indicators of American Children’s Well-Being

by | Aug 12, 2013


Kids RunningAt Transform Consulting Group, we love data! The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013. The report features statistics on children and families in the United States across 41 key indicators, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. The forum’s mission is to collect enhanced data on children and youth, communicate it to the policy community and general public, and produce more complete data at the federal, state, and local levels.

The report includes a wealth of information which can be used by nonprofits to help improve their impact. Highlights of the report include facts like:

  • By 2050, about half of the American population ages 0–17 is projected to be composed of children who are Hispanic, Asian, or of two or more races.
  • The number of substantiated child maltreatment reports declined to just under 10 per 1,000 children ages 0–17 in 2011.
  • In 2011, 22 percent of all children ages 0–17 (16.1 million) lived in poverty.
  • The number of children without health insurance at any point during 2011 was 7 million (9 percent of all children).
  • The percentage of U.S. households with children that had one or more of three housing problems—physically inadequate housing, crowded housing, or cost burden resulting from housing that costs more than 30 percent of household income—rose from 45 percent in 2009 to 46 percent in 2011.
  • About two-thirds (68 percent) of high school completers enrolled immediately in a 2-year or 4-year college in 2011.
  • In 2007–2008, the average diet quality score for children ages 2–17 years was 50 out of a possible 100.
  • Reading, mathematics, science, and approaches to learning scores were lower for kindergartners in households with incomes below the federal poverty level.

Data like this is only as good as its use, and Transform Consulting Group can help you analyze data to improve your organization’s impact. Contact Transform Consulting Group today for a free consultation!




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