Moments in America for Children

January 2014
  • Every 2 seconds during the school year a public school student receives an out-of-school suspension.*
  • Every 9 seconds during the school year a public high school student drops out.*
  • Every 20 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.
  • Every 21 seconds a child is arrested.
  • Every 30 seconds during the school year a public school student is corporally punished.*
  • Every 32 seconds a baby is born into poverty.
  • Every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected.
  • Every 62 seconds a baby is born into extreme poverty.
  • Every 70 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.
  • Every 1-and-a-half minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.
  • Every 1-and-a-half minutes a baby is born at low birthweight.
  • Every 3-and-a-half minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.
  • Every 8 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.
  • Every 22 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday.
  • Every hour a child or teen dies from an accident.
  • Every 3 hours and 15 minutes a child or teen is killed by guns.
  • Every 4-and-a-half hours a child commits suicide.
  • Every 5-and-a-half hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect.
  • Every 11 hours a baby’s mother dies due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.

*Based on 180 school days a year. See Endnotes in The State of America's Children 2014 for citations.

Learn more stats about the state of children in America on our Each Day in America page.