The 2009 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book has been released. For the 19th year in a row, the publication focuses on key indicators of child safety that include child and teen deaths, child abuse and neglect and juvenile justice.
From the book, some data highlights that will make your head spin:
- From 2000 to 2007, the rate of Kentucky children living in poverty increased from 21% to 24%
- Between 2000 and 2008, the average monthly number of Kentucky kids receiving food stamps rose from 177,569 to 251,318, a 42% increase
- From 2000 to 2008, the average monthly number of children enrolled in KCHIP increased from 45,063 to 57,379, a 27% increase
- After more than a decade of improvement, the number of births to Kentucky teens aged 15 to 19 increased to 7,340 in 2006 – a rate of 54 per 1,000
- From 2000 to 2006, the percent of low-weight births increased from 8% to 9%
- From 2003 to 2008, the number of Kentucky youth held in secure detention facilities rose from 7,736 to 9,834, a 27% increase
- From 2003 to 2008 the rate of youth placed in out-of-home care due to abuse or neglect rose by 9%
Check everything out for yourself. These data should be required reading for everybody in the Commonwealth. But I’m betting less than 1% of Frankfort will ever take the time to digest any of the information.