America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2012

This year’s America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being news continues some-more than a decade of loyalty and partnership by agencies opposite a Federal Government to allege a bargain of a Nation’s children and what might be indispensable to move them a improved tomorrow. We wish we find this news useful. The Forum will be releasing a subsequent full news in 2013.

Katherine K. Wallman, Chief Statistician, Office of Management and Budget


Each year given 1997, a Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a news on a contentment of children and families. Pending information availability, a Forum updates all 41 indicators annually on a Web site ( and alternates edition a minute report, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, with a outline chronicle that highlights comparison indicators. The America’s Children array creates Federal information on children and families permitted in a nontechnical, easy-to-use format in sequence to kindle contention among information providers, policymakers, and a public.

The Forum fosters coordination and formation among 22 Federal agencies that furnish or use statistical information on children and families, and seeks to urge Federal information on children and families. The America’s Children array provides permitted compendiums of indicators drawn opposite topics from a many arguable central statistics; it is designed to element other some-more specialized, technical, or extensive reports constructed by several Forum agencies.

Indicators are comparison since they are easy to understand, are formed on estimable investigate joining them to child well-being, cut opposite critical areas of children’s lives, are totalled frequently so that they can be updated and uncover trends over time, and paint vast segments of a population, rather than one sold group.

These child contentment indicators camber 7 domains: Family and Social Environment, Economic Circumstances, Health Care, Physical Environment and Safety, Behavior, Education, and Health. This news reveals that preterm births declined for a fourth true year and that a girl birth rate declined. Average arithmetic scores for 4th- and 8th-grade students increased, and a aroused crime victimization rate among girl decreased. However, a commission of children vital in misery increased, and a commission of children with during slightest one primogenitor employed full time, year turn decreased. New this year is a minute figure display a commission of children in competition groups forming reduction than 10 percent of a population. This minute figure, permitted usually online during, supplements Figure 1 in this Brief; a latter uses a wider lens to uncover a commission of children by competition and Hispanic origin. Readers will also note a revised figure display a percentages of high propagandize graduates who finished comparison coursework (Figure 13 in this Brief). The Brief concludes with a outline list displaying a many new information for all 41 indicators.

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  • Detailed data, including trend data, for indicators discussed in this Brief as good as other America’s Children indicators not discussed here.
  • Data source descriptions and hit information.
  • America’s Children reports from 1997 to a benefaction and other Forum reports.
  • Links to Forum agencies, their online information tools, and several general information sources.
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