new national data show Idaho Rank It has the highest rates of economic well-being, family and community factors in the country, but also shows increased rates of anxiety and depression among children and lower scores in education.
of 2022 Kids Count The Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes annual data that measures the health and well-being of children and families in all 50 states. The rankings are compiled primarily from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and data from the US Department of Education.
Idaho’s Kids Count partners are Idaho Voice for ChildrenDatabooks are typically released in early June, said Director Christine Tiddens. Delays Surrounding the 2020 Census We also delayed the release of the databook.
The Kids Count report includes 16 metrics across four categories: financial well-being, education, health and community. Of the 16, 11 Idaho indicators have improved since 2020.
“What this means is that our advocacy is working,” Tidens said. “It also shows that Idaho has weathered COVID and the recession fairly well, especially compared to other states.”
Idaho ranks 14th in the nation for financial well-being, with 14% of Idaho children living in households with incomes below the poverty line. This is down from her 26% in 2008. That’s just her 2% of children living in single-parent households, and those living in high-poverty areas, compared with her 34% nationally. In 2008, 5% of children in Idaho lived in high-poverty areas compared to 9% of children nationwide.
The number of children living with caregivers without a high school diploma has also fallen from 12% in 2008 to 9% in 2020, and Idaho’s teenage birth rate is more than half what it was in 2010. I’m here. , from 33% to 15%.
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Tiddens said the data surrounding children’s mental health was one of the most worrying aspects of the report, with the national number of children experiencing anxiety and depression increasing by 26 between 2016 and 2020. % says it’s growing exponentially. In 2020, his 3-year-old and her 17-year-old were experiencing anxiety and depression, up from 11.4% in 2016, according to the report. Nearly 10 percent of Idaho high school students attempted suicide in 2019, and her 13 percent of Latino high school students attempted suicide, according to the report.
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Tiddens says young people in Idaho are similarly affected.
“Young people in Idaho have struggled with mental health for years. It should be a red flag for
Idaho Voices for Children’s policy recommendations to combat these numbers will provide financial security for children growing up in poverty, ensure access to mental health care for children, and ensure that all experiences Children who grow up in poverty are two to three times more likely to develop mental health problems, according to Idaho Voices for Children. schools are often not staffed with enough mental health professionals to serve all students.
“Mental health is just as important as physical health in a child’s ability to thrive. Annie E. Casey Foundation, in a press release. “As our country continues to weather the effects from the COVID crisis, policymakers are working to ensure that every child has access to the care and support they need to cope and live full lives. And we have to do more.”
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In terms of health indicators, Idaho ranks 19th nationally, with a slight increase in low birth weight infants and an increase in child and teenage mortality and obesity rates. Since 2010, the rate of low birth weight infants has increased from her 6.8% to 6.9%, and her number of child and teen deaths per 100,000 has increased from her 28 to 30. Data show that obesity rates have increased from 24% to 29% since 2016, which is still just below the national average of 32%.
The only positive indicator of health trends is children without health insurance, which has decreased from 11% in 2008 to 5% in 2020. Expansion of Medicaid She advocated through Idaho Voices for Children.
Idaho ranked lowest in terms of education indicators at 36th. Since 2008, the number of preschool children has decreased from 66% for her to 64% for him. This means that just under two-thirds of her children in Idaho are not in preschool. This compares with 53% of her 3-year-olds and her 4-year-olds nationwide in preschool.
The number of Idaho fourth-grade students who do not read well has fallen from 68% in 2009 to 63% in 2019. But her eighth graders in Idaho, who are bad at math, have increased slightly from his 62% to 63%, and the number of students who fail to graduate from high school in Idaho on time is 14% nationwide. 19% compared to
Tiddens claims that these markers are of Idaho. record surplus.
“We know what it takes to raise healthy, vibrant children, and our state has the economic capacity to invest heavily in the next generation,” said Tiddens. increase.
2022 Kids Count Data