Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

Brief

This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). 

February 25, 2015

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Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

Brief

Although reading proficiency rates have improved for most demographic groups over the past decade, large disparities still exist. This KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot provides an update on how fourth graders are faring in reading. 

January 29, 2014

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Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

Brief

The rate of kids being incarcerated is declining in the United States as public safety is increasing. This data brief presents the trend in how we are treating juvenile offenders in hopes the trend continues. 

February 5, 2013

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Data Snapshot on High-Poverty Communities

Children Living in America's High-Poverty Communities

Brief

This data snapshot highlights newly available national, state and city data in the KIDS COUNT Data Center that shows a 25% increase in the number of children residing in areas of concentrated poverty since 2000.

February 1, 2012

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KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot on Foster Care Placement

Brief

This Data Snapshot highlights newly available data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center marking the progress made by many states to increase the rates of children in foster care who are living with families and decrease the rates of those placed in institutions or group homes. The data also show that the type of foster care placement varies depending on the age of the child as well as the state of residence.

May 1, 2011

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Teen Motherhood at Record Low in United States

Data Snapshot Number 2

Report

This report — part of the KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot series — shares the latest statistics on teen pregnancy in the United States. It tells how teen birth rates differ by location and race and how the number of teen mothers in America has decreased over time. 

September 3, 2006

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A Snapshot of Children on the San Diego-Mexico Border

Report

This report — part of the KIDS COUNT Snapshot series — looks at life in San Diego County’s border communities. These areas are home to higher proportions of Mexican immigrants and Latinos who face distinct challenges such as language barriers, higher child poverty rates and higher teen birth rates compared to other communities in the county.

July 31, 2006

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A Snapshot of Children Living on Mexico’s Northern Border

Border Kids Count

Report

This report — part of the KIDS COUNT Snapshot series — takes a quick look at what life is like for the 2 million children living in Mexico’s northern border region. It shares statistics on child well-being measures in a range of areas, including migration and safety, living conditions, family economic well-being, education, health and more. The goal? Jumpstart data-driven discussions and informed decision making to promote well-being within these unique communities. 

July 31, 2006

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