“A country cannot be said to be doing the best it can for its children if other countries at a similar stage of economic development are doing much better – and that’s what the league tables are designed to show.” -- UNICEF Report
The funding has been cut, but the US Treasury reported that during the last twelve months, tax receipts have grown by 11.5% while spending growth is only up 5.5%. Can't we afford to continue after school programs?
- Relative child poverty remains above the 15% mark in the three Southern European countries (
Portugal, Spain, Italy) and in three Anglophone countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, and ). Ireland Greeceand Italyto less than 70% in the United Kingdomand 60% in the United States
- Poverty rate (Household income less than 50% of the median) (21.7%)
- Death rate, accidental and not, for children under 19 years (22.9 per 100,000)
- Percentage of children living in single parent and step-family homes (36.8%)
- Percent of students age 11, 13, and 15 who report using cannabis in the last 12 months (31.4%)
- Birth rate among young women ages 15 – 19 (46 per 1,000)
- Low percentage of youth who report eating breakfast every school day (47.2%)
- Percent of 13 & 15 year olds who report being overweight (25.1%)
The Report Card recognizes limitations in the availability of internationally comparable data, but, bringing together the best currently available data, the Innocenti study represents a significant contribution to measuring child well-being across rich nations.
They report there is no strong or consistent relationship between per capita GDP and child well-being. The
UNICEF RANKING IN FULL [Source: CNN]