Kids Count report shows increase in metro-east child poverty rates

News-DemocratMarch 6, 2014 

East St. Louis School District 189 Superintendent Arthur Culver and Dunbar Elementary PTA President Martha Young discuss the Kids Count survey released Thursday. The report stated local youngsters need more activity and better nutrition to thrive.

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Local findings from a report advocating for policies concerning children paints a dire picture for children in St. Clair and Madison counties.

Key findings from the report include significant increases in the number of children living in poverty; more children receiving government assistance for health care; and more substantiated cases of child abuse.

Community-level findings from the Illinois Kids Count 2014 report "Child Health Matters" include:

Child poverty rates:

St. Clair County -- 27.5% (5.4% increase from 2006 to 2011)

Madison County -- 20.4% (5.7% increase from 2006 to 2011)

Statewide -- 20.6% (3.9% increase from 2006 to 2011)

Child poverty population increase:

St. Clair County -- 23% (18,260 kids)

Madison County -- 33.3% (12,056 kids)

Statewide -- 18.9% (629,052 kids)

Proportion of children without health insurance:

St. Clair County -- 3.1%

Madison County -- 3.1%

Statewide -- 4%

Increase in children enrolled in Medicaid and related programs from 2005 to 2012:

St. Clair County -- 21%

Madison County -- 43%

Statewide -- 47%

Infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births:

St. Clair County -- 8.1

Madison County -- 5.7

Statewide -- 6.9

Child abuse and neglect rates per 1,000 children from 2012 to 2013:

St. Clair County -- 7.6 to 8

Madison County -- 8.3 to 10.1

Statewide -- 8.2 to 9.5

Substantiated cases of abuse and neglect 2012 to 2013:

St. Clair County -- 536 to 642 (19.8% increase)

Madison County -- 535 to 602 (12.5% increase)

Statewide -- 26,682 to 27,888 (4.5% increase)

Teen births as percentage of all births in 2009:

St. Clair County -- 14.3%

Madison County -- 9.6%

Statewide -- 9.6%

Rate of crimes against children per 100,000 people:

St. Clair County -- 138.2

Madison County -- 177.7

Statewide -- 221.2

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