Annie E. Casey Foundation
KIDS COUNT News
September 2011
 
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2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available
The 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released on August 17, 2011, reported a significant decline in economic well-being for low-income children and families over the last decade, with an 18 percent increase in the official child poverty rate between 2000 and 2009. The new 2010 poverty data recently released from the 2010 American Community Survey found that the child poverty rate continues to rise even after the recession, with 22 percent of children living in poverty in 2010. Download the report and read this year's message, "America's Children, America's Challenge: Promoting Opportunity for the Next Generation" for recommendations to alleviate child poverty in the United States.
KIDS COUNT Data Center Updates
The KIDS COUNT Data Center now features updated health insurance data from the 2010 Current Population Survey and poverty estimates from the 2010 American Community Survey. Click on the links provided below or visit the Data Center to access the new data.
Parental Uninsured Rate Increased During Recession
Between 2007 and 2009, the percent of parents with children under age 18 without health insurance increased from 17 percent to 19 percent, meaning that approximately 465,000 more parents were uninsured in 2009 than 2007. Parental uninsured rates range from a low of 4 percent in Massachusetts to a high of 33 percent in Texas. Loss of employment has not only impacted the income of families, but their ability to ensure that members of that family remain healthy. Lack of health insurance, also means that families are often one accident or illness away from financial distress.
See the Health section in Data Across States for updates.

New data for the nation, states, and the District of Columbia:
More Children Living in Low-Income Families
In 2010, 44 percent of children lived below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, which is about $44,000 for a family of four, a minimum needed for most families to make ends meet. This represents 32.2 million children, or 3.6 million more children than 2007. Between 2007 and 2010, every state except Louisiana saw an increase in the percent of children living below 200 percent of the poverty line. Read Annie E. Casey's press release to learn more about what is going on at the city-level.
See the Economic Well-Being section in Data Across States for updates.

New data for the nation, states, cities, and congressional districts:
Children in poverty by race (excludes 50 largest cities and congressional districts)
 
Check out Reports from Casey Foundation Grantees
Texas: Highest Uninsured Rate in the Nation

The Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Texas KIDS COUNT grantee, released a report detailing the state of health insurance coverage data in Texas from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The latest data show that in 2010, Texas remained the state with the highest uninsured rate in the nation at 24.6 percent. The total number of uninsured Texans is 6.2 million people, roughly 250,000 fewer than in 2009. Read the report and access auxiliary materials.

 
Georgia and the Recession

The Georgia Family Connection Partnership, the Georgia KIDS COUNT grantee, recently released a Data Snapshot detailing the impact of the recession on children in the state. It finds that the fallout of the recent recession still lingers, as poverty, unemployment, food insecurity and foreclosure data show that many families continue to struggle and face increasing economic hardships. For details read, Impact of the Recession on Georgia's Children and Families.

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KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children and families in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks for child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.


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