Measure/IndicatorAgeFrequency MeasuredLevel
Number of children under age 18N/A2000State, national
Race and Hispanic origin of childrenN/A2000State, national
4th grade students who scored below basic reading levelChildren 4th grade1998State, national
8th grade students who scored below basic reading levelChildren 8th grade1998State, national
8th grade students who scored below basic writing levelChildren 8th grade1998State, national
Median income of families with childrenN/A1998State, national
Female-headed families receiving child support or alimonyN/A1998State, national
Children in working-poor families without a telephone at homeN/A1998State, national
Children in extreme poverty (income 50% below of poverty level)1998State, national
Children without health insurance1998State, national
Children in working-poor families who lack health insurance1998State, national
2-year-olds who were immunizedChildren 2 yrs1999State, national
Juvenile violent crime arrest rateChildren 10–17 yrs1998State, national
Juvenile property crime arrest rateChildren 10–17 yrs1998State, national
Number of children under 18 in working poor familiesChildren < 18 yrs1998State, national
Percentage of children under age 18 in working poor familiesChildren < 18 yrs1998State, national
Percentage change of low-birthweight babies1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of infant mortality rates1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of child death rates ages 1–14Children 1–14 yrs1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of rate of teen deaths by accident, homicide, and suicide ages 15–19Young adults 15–19 yrs1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of teen birth rate of females ages 15–17Females 15–17 yrs1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of teens who are high school dropouts ages 16–19Young adults 16–19 yrs1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of teens not attending school and not working ages 16–19Young adults 16–19 yrs1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of children living with parents who do not have full-time, year-round employment1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of children in poverty1990–1998State, national
Percentage change of families with children headed by a single parent1990–1998State, national

From: Appendix C, Selected Indicators from National Children’s Data Syntheses

Cover of Children’s Health, The Nation’s Wealth
Children’s Health, The Nation’s Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Health.
National Research Council (US); Institute of Medicine (US).
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004.
Copyright © 2004, National Academy of Sciences.

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