The Children's Index, which is published biennially by Action for Children North Carolina, presents a comprehensive snapshot of how children are faring in North Carolina. The report monitors key indicators that address seven issue areas: health, safety, economic security, early care, education, child maltreatment and delinquency prevention.
The report shows that important investments in children's services pay off, that sound research enhances the ability to build effective programs and that, despite progress in addressing children's needs, geographic and racial disparities persist.
"The Children's Index shows where North Carolina is making the grade in terms of addressing child well-being and where it is coming up short," said Barbara Bradley, Action for Children North Carolina's President and CEO. "Our state has demonstrated that it is a leader through health programs such as Health Choice and Kids' Care and early education programs like Smart Start and More at Four. But in this time of economic insecurity, we must continue to invest in effective public policies to ensure that our children have the resources they need to grow and thrive."
Click here for a PDF copy of the 2009 Children's Index .