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2006 KIDS COUNT Briefing Introduced by William Valladares Presented by Taifa Butler and Julie Sharpe Family Connection Partnership www.gafcp.org/kidscount KIDS COUNT A national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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2006 kids count briefing


Introduced by William Valladares

Presented by Taifa Butler and Julie Sharpe

Family Connection Partnership


kids count
  • A national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • Tracks the status of child well-being in the U.S. through reporting current and credible data.
  • Ranks states using 10 key indicators.
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  • Seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.
  • Publishes an annual Data Book, issues annual state rankings of child well-being, and provides an interactive database atwww.gafcp.org/kidscount
georgia kids count
  • Measures how children and families are faring in the state.
  • Includes national, state, and county-level data, as well as Census data by legislative districts.
  • Represents the largest compilation of the most current and reliable available data from a variety of sources in Georgia.
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  • Tracks progress across five result areas:
        • Healthy Children
        • School Readiness
        • School Success
        • Stable Self-Sufficient Families
        • Strong Communities
national findings for 2006
National Findings for 2006
  • Nationally, three out of 10 child well-being indicators have worsened since 2000.
  • In Georgia, three national indicators are worse, one indicator is stagnant, and there were improvements in six indicators since 2000.
  • Georgia mirrored national trends with poverty, low birthweight babies, and children in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment worsening since 2000.
  • Georgia’s national ranking is 44th.
national findings
National Findings
  • The 2006 report highlights the critical role that early childhood development plays in preparing children for success in school and life.
  • Family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care is discussed in detail. Nationally, more than 6.5 million children under age 6 spend all or part of their time in home-based or family-based settings.
  • More than 200,000 Georgia children under age 6 spent all or part of their time in family-based child care in 2003.


National Ranking: 41st

teen births
Teen Births
  • Teen birth rate still declining; down to 53.3/1000 in 2004
  • Hispanic mothers: Birth rate slightly increased to 153.1/1000 in 2004
  • Georgia: 41st out of 50 states for teen birth rate ages 15-19
high school graduation
High School Graduation
  • National rankings use status high school dropout rate because it is the only consistent measure across states and over time.
  • The KIDS COUNT dropout rate includes those with a GED as high school graduates (consistent with U.S. Census Bureau).
  • The Georgia Department of Education measures the percentage of students who entered ninth grade in a given year and were in the graduating class with a regular diploma four years later.
  • Both the status dropout rate and the cohort graduation rate show improvement since 2000.
  • Percent of teens who are high school dropouts (ages 16-19) for 2004
    • 12% in Georgia
    • 8% nationally
  • Georgia high school graduation rate
    • 65.4% for 2003-2004
    • 69.4% for 2004-2005
other key findings
Other Key Findings
  • Black children continue to be born into circumstances that place them at risk. They have lower birthweight and higher infant mortality rate.
  • Teens in Georgia lag behind national averages in graduating from school and being employed.
  • Economic status of children and families has declined since 2000.
  • While long-term trends show improvement, Georgia continues to lag behind national averages.
national 2006 kids count
National 2006 KIDS COUNT:
  • Data Book
  • 2006 Wall Chart
  • 2006 Data Wheel
  • Essay on Family, Friend and Neighbor care
  • Pocket Guide
  • Online databases
georgia 2006 kids count
Georgia 2006 KIDS COUNT:
  • County, state, and national data online
  • County profiles
  • Pocket Guide
  • 10% Improvement in Key Indicators
  • Snapshots of Georgia’s Children
  • Children in Georgia: By the Numbers
kids count online database
KIDS COUNT Online Database


  • Compare data between states, regions, counties, congressional, and state legislative districts.
  • Create custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and profiles.
  • Download data.
family connection partnership inc
Family Connection Partnership, Inc.

For more information contact:

William Valladares, Communications Coordinator

235 Peachtree Street, Suite 1600

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-527-7394

Fax: 404-527-7443

E-mail: william@gafcp.org

Web site: www.gafcp.org