America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013

(From The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics)

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013 is a compendium of indicators depicting both the promises and the challenges confronting our Nation’s young people. The report, the 16th in an ongoing series, presents 41 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives. These indicators are drawn from our most reliable statistics, are easily understood by broad audiences, are objectively based on substantial research, are balanced so that no single area of children’s lives dominates the report, are measured regularly so that they can be updated to show trends over time, and are representative of large segments of the population rather than one particular group.

The report continues to present key indicators in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This year’s report also incorporates several modifications that reflect the Forum’s efforts to improve its quality and breadth. In addition to updating data sources and expanding several indicators, the report presents a special feature on children’s kindergarten experiences.

Each volume of America’s Children also spotlights critical data gaps and challenges Federal statistical agencies to address them. Forum agencies meet that challenge by working to provide more comprehensive and consistent information on the condition and progress of our Nation’s children. Since the last full report was issued in 2011, Forum agencies have continued efforts to strengthen indicators by improving measurement of family reading behaviors with young children, by featuring updated lead exposure data using the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reference standard, by displaying U.S. data alongside international data for several education indicators, and by updating diet quality trend data using the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In activities not featured in this volume, the Forum’s Research and Innovation Committee continues its work in addressing measurement and data needs in early childhood development, particularly in socioemotional development.

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