Moments in America for Children

February 2015

Every 2 seconds a public school student is suspended.*

Every 20 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.

Every 24 seconds a child is arrested.

Every 35 seconds a child is born into poverty.

Every 47  seconds a child is confirmed as abused or neglected.

Every minute a baby is born without health insurance

Every 9 seconds a high school student drops out.*

Every 68 seconds a child is born into extreme poverty

Every minute a child is born at low birthweight.

Every 2 minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.

Every 30 seconds a public school student is corporally punished.*

Every 4 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.

Every 8 and a half minutes a child is arrested for a violent crime.

Every 22 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday.

Every 30 minutes a child or teen is injured or killed with a gun.

Every 69 minutes a child or teen dies from an accident.

Every 3 hours and 35 minutes a child or teen is killed by a firearm.

Every 4 hours and 5 minutes a child or teen commits suicide.

Every 5 hours and 48 minutes a child is killed by abuse or neglect.

Every 11 hours and 8 minutes 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.