Moments in America for Black Children

December 2017

Every 6 seconds a public school student is suspended.*
Every 33 seconds a high school student drops out.*
Every minute and 16 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.
Every 2 minutes a public school student is corporally punished.*
Every minute and 29 seconds a child is arrested.
Every 4 minutes a child is abused or neglected.
Every 4 minutes a baby is born into poverty.
Every 10 minutes a baby is born without health insurance.
Every 6 minutes a baby is born into extreme poverty.
Every 7 minutesa baby is born at low birthweight.
Every 11 minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.
Every 20 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.
Every 17 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.
Every hour and 18 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday.
Every hour and 21 minutes a child or teen is injured or killed with a gun.
Every hour and 38 minutes a child or teen is injured with a gun.
Every 5 hours and 33 minutes a child or teen dies from an accident.
Every 7 hours and 25 minutes a child or teen is killed with a gun.
Every one-and-a-half days a child or teen commits suicide.
Every day a child is killed by abuse or neglect.
Every one-and-a-half days a mother dies from complications of childbirth or pregnancy.

*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.