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.

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 2014 for citations. Learn more stats about the state of children in America on our Each Day in America page.