June 24, 2013 The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in partnership with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, director of Oklahoma KIDS COUNT.
Oklahoma's overall ranking on child well-being moved from 40th in 2012 to 36th in the current data. The ranking is based on an analysis of 16 key indicators in four areas: Economic Well-being, Health, Education and Family/Community. Education was the only indicator of the four that worsened from last year.
Good news: Oklahoma's teen birth rate showed another decline, following the national trend. The decline is a result, in part, to the expansion of effective prevention programs and adolescent health services, especially in the metro areas -- thanks to the Oklahoma County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration and support from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
While the state is moving in a positive direction on some critical child well-being indicators, Oklahoma's ranking remains far from the national average. Additionally, when the current indicators are compared to the same data from 2005, most of Oklahoma's child poverty indicators worsened. The highest percentage of child poverty was among the youngest ages, supporting the need for continued investments in teen pregnancy prevention, early care and education, school readiness and child health.
Below are links to KIDS COUNT information on www.oica.org -- OICA press release on Oklahoma's rankings, the 2013 Oklahoma State KIDS COUNT Profile and a downloadable version of the Data Book.
2013 Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Profile:
Did you know?
Research shows the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is one of the few programs with consistently strong evidence of reducing teen pregnancy and improving school success.
When measured against comparison groups, young people in TOP consistently demonstrate:
60% lower rate of school dropout
33% lower rate of pregnancy
14% lower rate of school suspension
11% lower rate of course failure in school
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