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AMERICA’S REPORT CARD: United States Receives Grade of C– on Child Well-Being

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“It’s time to take responsibility as a nation for the decisions that determine whether kids can succeed. We can’t be satisfied with a C–, but raising the grade means getting involved, voting for kids, and holding politicians accountable.”

The United States earned a C– on child well-being, according to America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S., a national report card released on October 10 by First Focus and Save the Children.

“We grade kids all the time,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus. “It’s time to take responsibility as a nation for the decisions that determine whether kids can succeed. We can’t be satisfied with a C–, but raising the grade means getting involved, voting for kids, and holding politicians accountable.”

The report card assigned a letter grade to the United States in five key domains of a child’s life:

  • Economic security, which is based on the number of children living in poverty, experiencing food insecurity and unstable housing: D
  • Early childhood, which is based on early learning program availability and enrollment, as well as access to child care: C–
  • K–12 education, which is based on children’s math, reading and science levels, school resources, the number of at-risk youth, and educational attainment: C–
  • Permanency and stability, which is based on the well-being of children impacted by the child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration systems: D
  • Health and safety: which is based on the state of health insurance coverage for children, access to health care and preventive services, public health and safety, and environmental health: C+

The complete report is available at
http://www.firstfocus.net/library/reports/americas-report-card-2012-children-in-the-us.

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