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Kids Count Data Book 2016: State Trends in Child Well-Being.

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Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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2016 Kids Count Data Book.

The 27th in a series of annual reports, this report presents data on 16 indicators on the well-being of children in the United States across four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Trends are summarized to compare how the nation's children were faring from 2008 to 2014, and key policies that have contributed to improvement in child well-being are identified. Findings indicate that over the past six years, children experienced gains in the Education and Health domains, but setbacks in the Economic Well-Being and Family and Community domains. It is reported that in 2014, child poverty remained stagnant at 22% after seeing its first drop since 2008 in 2013. The data also show three of the four Education indicators showed some steady improvement. Notably, with 82% of high school students graduating on time in 2012/13, the U.S. high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. Similarly, child health continued to improve, with gains in all four indicators. Trends in the Family and Community domain were mixed. The teen birth rate continued its dramatic decline, reaching a new all-time low, and a smaller percentage of children were living with parents who lack a high school diploma. The percentage of children living in single-parent families, however, was higher in 2014. Racial gaps in child well-being are discussed and a chart shows progress on all indicators by race. Appendices include charts that include data for each State. Numerous figures and 53 references. (Author abstract modified)

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