Kids Count...the latest findings about America's children

Recent research from the Annie E. Casey foundation shows the status of children in the United States.  Here are some of the key findings.

22% live in poverty compared to 18% in 2008.

30% have parents who lack secure employment compared to 27% in 2008.

35% of children live in households with a housing cost burden.  This is improved from 39% in 2008.

7% of teens are not in school and not working. This is improved from 8% in 2008.

53% of young children are not in school compared to 52% in 2009.

65% of 4th graders are not proficient in reading.  This is improved from 68% in 2007.

68% of 8th graders are not proficient in reading.  This is improved from 69% in 2007.

18% of high school students are not graduating on time.  This is improved from 25% in 2008.

8% of babies are born at a low weight.  This is improved from 8.2% in 2008.

6% of children do not have health insurance.  This is improved from 10% in 2008.

There are 24 children and teen deaths per 100,00 people.  This is improved from 29 per 100,000 in 2008.

5% of teens abuse alcohol or drugs.  This is improved from 8% in 2008. 

35% of children are in single-parent homes compared to 32% in 2008.

14% of children have a head of household who does not have a high school diploma.  This is improved from 16% in 2008.

14% of children live in high-poverty areas compared to 11% in 2010.

These percentages and numbers represent real children with real parents.  Like never before, the church has the opportunity and responsibility to help and invest in children and families.  We have a lot of work to do.  Let's go.