Maintained/created by: Foundation for Child Development
Geographic unit of data: U.S. National
Keywords: adolescent births, adolescents, alcohol use, child, children, drug use, education, employment, health insurance, low birth weight, mental health, obesity, overweight, poverty, preterm birth, race, religion, safety, social relationships, suicide, tobacco use, violence
The Child Well-Being Index is an average of factors related to child well-being in the United States. Users can download annual reports about national trends child well-being over time and the most recent Child Well-being Index. The Child Well-Being Index (CWI) is a measure of national trends in child well-being over time. This measure, modeled after the Consumer Price Index, is a yearly average of the factors related to child well-being in the United States. The CWI, funded by the Foundation for Child Development, was developed with the intention of summarizing trends in child well-being and facilitating public debate about factors influencing the quality of life of American children and youth that need to be addressed. Topics include: family economic well-being, health, safety and behavior, educational attainment, community connectedness, social relationships, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Users can download the PDF detailing the yearly Child Well-Being Index and the accompanying report on trends in child well-being. Users can compare child well-being by race/ethnicity, family income, gender, and age. The CWI, which was first created in 2004, is released publicly on an annual basis. This index consists of seven domains of child well-being: family economic well-being, health, safety and behavior, educational attainment, community connectedness, social relationships, emotional and spiritual well-being. These domains are weighted equally. Data sources include the Monitoring the Future Study at the University of Michigan, the U.S. Census, the U.S. Current Population Survey, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Data are released annually, with the most recent data being from 2010. The CWI was created by Drs. Kenneth Land and John Crowell, sociologists at Duke University and is funded by the Foundation for Child Development, a grantmaking organization that funds research, programs, policies, and advocacy for child development issues.