This year’s report shows there have been some improvements in particular indicators:
- Preterm births declined for the fourth straight year, from 12.2 percent (2009) to 12 percent (2010)
- Death of children before first birthday decreased from 6.4 per 1,000 births (2009) to 6.1 per 1,000 births (2010)
- The adolescent birth rate declined, from 20 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 (2009) to 17 per 1,000 (2010)
- The violent crime victimization rate among youth decreased from 11 per 1,000 12-17 year olds (2009) to 7 per 1,000 (2010)
- Children living in food insecure households decreased from 23 percent (2009) to 22 percent (2010)
- Average mathematics scores for 4th- and 8th-grade students increased by one point from 2009 to 2011
- The percentage of children living in poverty increased from 21 percent (2009) to 22 percent (2010)
- The percentage of children with at least one parent employed full time, year round decreased from 72 percent (2009) to 71 percent (2010)
- The percent of households with children that had physically inadequate housing, crowded housing, and/or a housing cost burden of more than 30 percent of household income increased. Such conditions can pose serious problems for children’s physical, psychological and material well-being.
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