Moments in America for Children
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.