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Document Number: 10558

2012 National Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) - An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States begun in 1975, this year's CWI features a look at the last decade, and puts that analysis in context of the last 36 years. The bad news:Economic well-being of families with children under 18 has deteriorated, a process that began in 2001, well before the Great Recession. Progress in PreK enrollment has slowed as has health insurance coverage for children. The good news: risky behaviors are down, violent crime is down, bachelor's degrees are up and the composite CWI stopped deteriorating in 2010 and 2011. (Kenneth C. Land, Foundation for Child Development, December 2012)...

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