2005 Index of Child Well-Being Available

Posted by on May 6, 2005

Dramatic declines in rates of violence and risky behaviors such as teen births, smoking, and alcohol and illegal drug use during the past 10 years have contributed substantially to modest and slow progress in the overall well-being of America’s children, according to the 2005 Index of Child Well-Being (CWI), released by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD). Overall child well-being improved only fractionally since 1975. Several of the underlying trends are discouraging. The rate of educational attainment — as measured by student test scores in reading and mathematics – remains stagnant, despite two decades of national focus on how to improve the education system. More children live in poverty today than did in 1975. In addition, persistent high rates of obesity — which have more than tripled in 30 years — are seriously hurting children’s health.

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