Moments in America

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 31 seconds a child is arrested.

Every 43 seconds a public school student is corporally punished.*

Every 47 seconds a child is confirmed abused or neglected.

Every 49 seconds a baby is born into poverty.

Every 60 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.

Every 2 minutes a baby is born into extreme poverty.

Every 2 minutes a baby is born at low birthweight.

Every 3 minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.

Every 5 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.

Every 9 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.

Every 23 minutes a baby dies before their first birthday.

Every 32 minutes a child or teen is injured or killed with a gun.

Every 39 minutes a child or teen is injured with a gun.

Every hour and 6 minutes a child or teen dies from an accident.

Every 3 hours and 33 minutes a child or teen commits suicide.

Every 5 hours and 33 minutes a child is killed by abuse or neglect.

Every 11 hours and 8 minutes a mother dies from complications of childbirth or pregnancy.

Learn more about what every moment brings for

American Indian and Alaska Native Children

Asian and Pacific Islander Children

Black Children

Hispanic Children

White Children

*Based on 180 school days a year. See Endnotes in The State of America's Children 2017 for citations. Learn more stats about the state of children in America on our Each Day in America page.