This is the eighth 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 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. The indicators reported have been collected more than once the past few years so that trends may be shown from the 70s to the year 2002. Several sections were revised for this 2003 edition. Indicators have been combined, while others have been updated with new data sources. Some were removed due to unavailable timely information. Finally, data used at the state and local levels are less plentiful than at the national level. However, even with all of this extensive data, there remain gaps in the Federal statistical system that, when filled, will give a more complete picture of the quality of our children’s lives. For example, positive measures of social development are limited, with the result that the current set of indicators may present a gloomier picture of our children’s overall well- being. The Federal statistical system is positioned to play a significant role in increasing the availability of such data for use at the state and local levels.
PIC ID: 6170.7
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Kelsey, Meredith, 202-690-6652
Performer: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD