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

Annie E. CaseyThis publication from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at trends in child well-being between 2010 to 2016, a time that saw continued improvement in economic well-being but mixed results in the areas of health, education, and family and community factors. Key findings include: the nation’s child poverty rate dropped from a peak of 23 percent in 2011 to 19 percent in 2016, resulting in nearly 2.3 million fewer children living in poverty; the teen birth rate fell to an all-time low; and the rate of high school students graduating on time climbed to an all-time high, leading to the potential for less involvement in the juvenile justice system. However, despite these shifts in the right direction, deep racial and ethnic inequities continue to persist. For nearly all of the measures tracked by the study, children of color continued to fare worse than their peers.