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This Kids Count report examines statewide and county level trends in the well-being of Idaho's children. The statistical portrait is based on 15 indicators of well-being: (1) child poverty rate; (2) percent of single-parent families with children under 18; (3) infant mortality rate; (4) percent of low birthweight infants; (5) percent of mothers without adequate prenatal care; (6) percent of mothers 10-19 years with no prenatal care; (7) child death rate; (8) child abuse and neglect referrals; (9) students' standardized test scores; (10) percent high school graduates; (11) dropout rate; (12) teen birth rate; (13) percent of teens not in school and not working; (14) juvenile violent crime arrest rate; and (15) teen violent death rate. Following introductory material summarizing current child well-being in the state and providing regional and racial/ethnic comparisons on the indicators, the bulk of the report presents state and county level data on demographic information and the indicators. State findings indicate that the teen birth rate, the juvenile violent crime arrest rate, and infant mortality continue to decline. Measures showing mixed progress are child poverty rate, percent of single parent families, mothers without adequate prenatal care, child mortality, academic achievement, and high school graduation. Indicators needing immediate attention include the low birth weight rate, child abuse rate, school dropout rate, and teen violent death rate. The report's eight appendices include a data indicator table, child abuse referrals by county, standardized test scores and high school graduation rates by school district, and child health insurance and immunization levels. (KB)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Demography, Disadvantaged Youth, Divorce, Dropout Rate, Enrollment, Health Insurance, High School Graduates, Incidence, Infant Mortality, Mortality Rate, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, Social Indicators, Socioeconomic Status, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Well Being, Youth Problems

Idaho KIDS COUNT, Mountain States Group, 1607 West Jefferson Street, Boise, ID 83702.

Author: Idaho KIDS COUNT Project, Boise.; Mountain States Group, Boise, ID.


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