Moments in America for Black Children

September 2015

Every 4 seconds a public school student is suspended.*
Every 33 seconds a high school student drops out.*
Every 68 seconds a child is arrested.
Every 75 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.
Every 75 seconds a public school student is corporally punished.*
Every 2-and-a-half minutes a baby is born into poverty.
Every 4 minutes a child is abused or neglected.
Every 4 minutes a baby is born into extreme poverty.
Every 7 minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.
Every 7 minutes a baby is born at low birthweight.
Every 10 minutes a baby is born without health coverage.
Every 15 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.
Every 15 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.
Every 1 hour and 15 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday.
Every 6 hours a child dies in an accident.
Every 7 hours a child or teen is killed by guns.
Every 22 hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect.
Every 2 days a child or teen commits suicide.
Every 2 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 2014 for citations.

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