Data Driven Detroit Releases 2012 State of Detroit’s Child Report

January 22, 2013

The Skillman Foundation commissioned Data Driven Detroit, or D3, as it is commonly known, to create the State of the Detroit Child Report, an annual comprehensive data view of Detroit children from birth to age 18. This report is as much about today’s child as it is about how well Detroit’s children will be prepared to navigate the Detroit of the future. Children can only thrive physically, emotionally and academically when parents, extended families, communities, and schools provide the complex network of supports they need. The 2012 State of the Detroit Child report is designed to provide baseline information for policy-makers, educators, child advocates, and community stakeholders to guide current benchmarking and future decision-making.

Good news highlights:

The report documents the 9.2 percent decrease in the number of births to teen mothers, and the increase of 11.5 percent in the number of mothers who sought and received appropriate prenatal care. Births to mothers who did not smoke during their most recent pregnancy also increased dramatically. Another positive outcome was the decreasing rate of children testing positive for elevated blood lead levels, down more than 75 percent across all age group between 2001 and 2010.

Not so good news highlights:

The large increase in the share of children living in poverty was the real story of the last decade. Nearly 60 percent (57.3 percent) of Detroit children were living in poverty in 2011. This represents a 64.7 percent increase in child poverty since 1999, eliminating all gains that were made during the decade of the 1990s, and exceeding the high rates reached in the recession of the early 1980s. The poverty rate was highest, 62.7 percent, for children under the age of five.

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