Distressed children growing up in distressed communities
by Washington Kids Count
The University of Washington's Washington Kids Count recently released a big-picture report on the well-being of children in Washington state, a new study that takes a close-up look at how children are faring in our state.
"The overall picture these county profiles paint is one of distressed children growing up in distressed communities," said Rick Brandon, Washington Kids Count project director. "The counties with the lowest wages and income and the highest unemployment rates tend to have the highest rates of child abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, and juvenile arrests."
The statistics in the profiles include:
The Washington Kids Count project strives to improve policies for children by analyzing and disseminating data on their well-being and mobilizing communities to action. To receive a report, call the Washington Kids Count project at (206) 685-7613.
- Rates of child abuse and neglect hit an all-time high last year, increasing in 20 counties.
- Eighth grade math scores improved, but for nine counties they were below national averages.
- More people are working, but wages were down in 27 counties and up in only nine.