View the 2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book to discover data about the children and families in our state.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds today's youth — Generation Z — are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition.
Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that can promote well-being by serving as "buffers" to the effects of risk exposure and helping individuals and families negotiate difficult circumstances and fare better in school, work, and life.
This data present a sobering picture of the labor market for teens and young adults.
A teen employment rate of 26 percent suggests that most teens are missing key learning and developmental experiences that will prepare them for the labor market and adulthood.
A recently released report “Health in Rural Missouri, Childhood Obesity” finds that 28.9% of low income 2-5 year olds in Missouri are overweight or obese, compared to a national average of 22.8%.
In 2014, nearly one in seven American households experienced food insecurity, meaning that one or more household members did not have adequate food due to insufficient money or other resources.
Lower- and middle-income families have continued to fall behind upper-income families in the 21st century. Heading into the Great Recession, lower-income families lost 6% of their wealth, edging down from $19,397 in 2001 to $18,264 in 2007.
A crucial question for future policy making is whether rising outlays on programs for the aged will squeeze out spending on programs for children, especially investments in their schooling.
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