2009 Kids Count Data Book
The KIDS COUNT Data Book is intended to illuminate the status of America's children and to assess trends in their well-being. The 2009 edition includes data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The 10 measures used by KIDS COUNT reflect a wide range of factors affecting the well-being of children, such as health, adequacy of income, and educational attainment, as well as experiences across a range of developmental stages, from birth through early adulthood. In addition, they permit legitimate comparisons because they are consistent across states and over time. The Data Book is organized into three main sections. The first section contains an essay on the progress being made in keeping track of children's well-being and using that information to improve outcomes for those in need. The second section provides an introduction and findings on national trends in child well-being overall and for each of the 10 indicators. The third section presents state-by-state findings for each indicator. Multi-year state trend data are included in appendices.