2012 Child Well-Being Index (CWI)

Other key findings of the report include:

  • Poverty is up. Over the past decade, the percentage of children living in families below the poverty line has increased from 15.6 percent in 2001 to 21.4 percent in 2011.
  • Median family income is down: Families with children ages 0–18 have sustained a large decline in median family income, from $62,796 in 2001 to $55,918 in 2011—a drop of $6,300 (in real dollars).
  • Secure employment is down: Parents today are less likely to be securely employed than they were in 2001.
  • PreK enrollment progress has stalled.Despite solid improvement in the 1990s, we have failed to sustain a pattern of growth in PreK enrollment in this past decade.
  • Educational Attainment progress is slow. In the year 2000 (the most recent year prior to 2001 for which data are available), only 29 percent of children in the 4th grade were reading at grade level.
  • Health insurance coverage has increased only slightly. We have consistently been unable to provide health insurance to nearly 1 in 10 children.