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Kids Count

NEW! Released June 27, 2018

The Annie E. Casey Foundation today released its annual national Kids Count data book, highlighting state trends in child well-being among all 50 states. Iowa ranked fifth in overall child well-being, with top 10 rankings in all four focus areas: economic well-being, family and community, education and health. Read the full report here.

 

January 21, 2017

Iowa Kids Count provides state- and county-level health, education, welfare and economic data on 20 indicators of child and family well-being.

Explore the latest data through interactive maps and download data snapshots for any of Iowa's 99 counties via the blue bar at the left.

CFPC's work on Iowa Kids Count is supported by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which supports Kids Count activities in all 50 states. For more information on Iowa Kids Count, contact Iowa Kids Count director Mike Crawford.

 

 

 

        Highlights (based on Iowa Kids Count data)


Family and community economic well-being (two indicators – deterioration in both since baseline years)

  • Child poverty, 15.5% in 2014 (up 44% since 2000)
  • Unemployment, 4.4% in 2014 (up 71% since 2000

School readiness and success (4 indicators – improvements in three and slight decline in one since baseline years)

  • Preschool participation of 3- and 4-year-olds, 48.2% in 2014 (up 8% since 2000)
  • 4th graders proficient in reading: 75.9% in 2014 (down less than 1% since 2003)
  • 8th graders proficient in math: 76.3% in 2014 (up nearly 7% since 2003)
  • On time H.S. graduation, 90.6% of students in 2014 (up 2% since 2000)

Family stability (4 indicators – improvements in three, deterioration in one since baseline years)

  • Child abuse and neglect rate, 10.2 per 1,000 in 2014 (down 21% since 2000)
  • Teens giving birth, 2.0% of teen females in 2014 (down 42% since 2000)
  • Births to unmarried teens, 4.8% of live births (down 43% since 2000)
  • Single-parent families, 30.6% of families with children (up 24% since 2000)

Child health (5 indicators – improvements in four, deterioration in one since baseline years)

  • Prenatal care in first trimester, 83.9% of live births in 2014 (up 18% since 2007)
  • Infant mortality, 4.8 deaths per 1,000 (down 24% since 2000)
  • Child deaths, 17 per 100,000 (down 21% since 2000)
  • Teen deaths, 37 per 100,000 (down 21% since 2000)
  • Low birthweight, 6.8% of live births, up 10% since 2000)

Use of public supports (five indicators – increased use in three, reduced use in two since baseline years)

  • WIC, 24.9% of children 0-4 in 2014 (down 12% since 2003)
  • Free and reduced-price lunch, 41.1% of students in 2014 (up 56% since 2000)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit, 15.5% of tax filers in 2013 (up 47% since 2000)
  • Food Assistance, 13.0% of individuals in 2014 (up 205% since 2000)
  • Family Investment Program, 1.0% of individuals in 2014 (down 44% since 2000)

 

 


 

Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Center to access data profiles for many Iowa locations; rankings, maps, or trend graphs by topic; and raw data. Includes over 100 measures of child well-being.

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