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This Kids Count report presents statewide trends in the well-being of New Hampshire's children. The statistical report is based on 22 indicators of child well-being in 5 interrelated areas: (1) children and families (including child population, births, children living with single parent, and children experiencing parental divorce); (2) economic security (including child poverty, unemployment and wages, and children in families receiving public assistance); (3) health (including births to women lacking adequate prenatal care, low birthweight infants, births to teen mothers, substance abuse, and infant and child deaths); (4) safety (including abused and neglected children, youth violence, court-involved children, and out-of-home placements); and (5) education (including third- and tenth-grade academic proficiency, fourth-grade reading ability, high school dropout rate, and post-high school plans). Indicator data are analyzed at a level as local as possible. Each section includes discussion of needed information related to the area. The data indicate a dramatic correlation between child well-being and community economics. Rates were down for teen births, births with inadequate prenatal care, infant mortality, and mothers without high school degrees, with dramatic differences depending on the community economics. Rate of births to single mothers is climbing in all economic clusters. The number of people receiving public assistance has dropped, but there was a tremendous increase in child poverty. An unemployment equivalent index was calculated to capture the impact of very low wages on the community. Information on data sources completes the report. Appendix A delineates trends in the indicators from 1985 to 1996 and lists New Hampshire's national rank for 10 indicators. Appendix B provides a map of economic clusters with a list of towns in each cluster. Appendix C shows the grouping of high schools by economic cluster. (KB)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Health, Child Welfare, Children, Demography, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Income, Family Structure, Mortality Rate, One Parent Family, Out of School Youth, Poverty, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Urban Areas, Well Being

Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, Two Delta Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Tel: 603-225-2264; Fax: 603-226-7290; e-mail: info[at]childrennh.org; Web site: http://www.childrennh.org









Author: Shemitz, Elllen, Ed.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7122&id=ED465449







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