The 2015 Data Book focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years, measuring child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
The report ranks North Carolina 35th in the nation for overall child well-being, falling among the worst performing states for Economic Well-Being (34) and Family and Community (36), and faring about mid-range for Education (28) and Health (32).
North Carolina children lost ground in three out of four measures of economic well-being between 2008 and 2013, posing a significant threat to child development and placing them at greater risk for academic, health and social difficulties later in life.
The Data Book also highlights the importance of evidence-based policymaking and strategic investments. North Carolina children improved in seven out of education and health indicators. These gains reflect returns on previous investments implemented through intentional public policy decisions and programs like infant mortality prevention and tougher seatbelt regulations.
To learn more about the KIDS COUNT Data Book, or to view data bout how children fare in your community, visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center online at http://www.ncchild.org/what-we-do/data/kids-count-data-center/.