This is the seventh edition of an annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on trends in the well-being of children and youth. The report presents the most recent and reliable estimates on more than 80 indicators of well-being. The indicators have been organized into five broad areas: (1) population, family, and neighborhood; (2) economic security; (3) health conditions and health care; (4) social development, behavioral health; and (5) education and achievement. For each indicator, the report provides graphics to highlight key trends and important population subgroup differences and tables that provide more detailed information for the user. The report demonstrates that the data available for tracking the well-being of children and youth at the national level are fairly extensive, but there remain major gaps in the federal statistical system. For example, the report points to the fact that there are few measures of social development and health-related behaviors for very young and pre- teenage children that are measured on a regular basis. There are very few indicators available that reflect important social processes affecting child well-being that go on inside the family and within the neighborhood. Other important areas in need of measurement development or improvements in the quality, consistency, and frequency of available data include: child abuse and neglect, youth violent crime, day care quality, learning disabilities, and measures of children in institutionalized care. Finally, data used to track the well-being of children at the state and local levels are much less plentiful than the information available at the national level.
PIC ID: 6170.6
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Kelsey, Meredith, 202-690-6652
Performer: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD