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 21 seconds a child is arrested.
Every 30 seconds during the school year a public school student is corporally punished.*
Every 34 seconds a baby is born into poverty.
Every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected.
Every 56 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.
Every 67 seconds a baby is born into extreme poverty.
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.
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American Indian and Alaska Native Children
Asian and Pacific Islander Children
*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.