NATIONAL KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK
**Released July 25, 2012**
KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state project of the Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States. At the national level, the principal activity of the initiative is the publication of the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which uses the best available data to measure the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children state by state. Voices for Illinois Children leads the Illinois Kids Count project and has published Illinois Kids Count reports since 1992 with generous funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The national 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their academic achievement and health improved in most states, their economic well-being continued to decline.
Over the period of roughly 2005 to 2011, the improvements in children’s health and education include a 20 percent decrease in the number of kids without health insurance; a 16 percent drop in the child and teen death rate; an 11 percent reduction in the rate of high school students not graduating in four years; and an 8 percent reduction in the proportion of eighth-graders scoring less than proficient in math.
The 2012 Data Book indicates kids and families nationwide are still struggling economically in the wake of the recession. In 2010, one-third of youths had parents without secure employment—an increase of 22 percent, or about 4 million children, in just two years. From 2005 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty rose by 2.4 million.
To see how Illinois fares:
- Read the Illinois news release
- Read the Illinois fact sheet
- Read the national news release
- Download the full national KIDS COUNT Data Book: PDF | iTunes app (New!)