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This KIDS COUNT data book examines trends in the well-being of Minnesota's children. The statistical portrait is based on 11 indicators of child well-being: (1) children living in poverty; (2) children in families receiving food stamps; (3) children receiving free or reduced-price school lunch; (4) children born to teenage mothers; (5) children born at low birthweight; (6) children transferring schools; (7) children not graduating on time; (8) children arrested for serious crime; (9) children abused and neglected; (10) children in out-of-home placements; and (11) children dying from homicide, suicide and injuries. Following an introduction, the data book provides regional and statewide statistical summaries for each indicator, discusses the importance of the indicator, describes potential improvement strategies, and notes Minnesota trends. The second section and bulk of the report provides data by county, including demographics, areas of positive improvement and concern, and trends to watch. Data are compared for 1991, 1996, and 2000, and data for individual counties are compared to the overall statewide data. Among the long-term trends noted are a 10 percent decrease in poverty among children, a 23 percent increase in children born at low birthweight, and a 14 percent decrease in children born to teen mothers. Shorter term trends include fewer children in families receiving food stamps. (SD)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Crime, Demography, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Economic Status, Elementary Secondary Education, Foster Care, Homicide, Incidence, Lunch Programs, Poverty, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Student Mobility, Suicide, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Welfare Recipients, Well Being, Youth Problems

Congregations Concerned for Children - Child Advocacy Network, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, 122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 315, Minneapolis, MN 55404 ($12, plus postage and handling). Tel: 888-870-1402 (Toll Free); Tel: 612-870-3670; Web site: http://www.cdf-mn.org.

Author: Coffin, Linda

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5894&id=ED463851

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