The State of America's Children® 2017 Report

Release Date: December 20, 2017

This is a very challenging and scary time for America’s children. As new policies threaten to eliminate the safety net that millions rely on to survive, the reality is millions of America’s children today are still suffering from hunger, homelessness and hopelessness. The Children’s Defense Fund’s new report, The State of America’s Children® 2017, provides a comprehensive look at the status of America’s children in 11 areas: child population, child poverty, income and wealth inequality, housing and homelessness, child hunger and nutrition, child health, early childhood, education, child welfare, juvenile justice and gun violence. The report’s corresponding state factsheets provide one-page summaries of how children are doing in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and nationwide. We ask you to use The State of America’s Children® 2017, corresponding factsheets, and the key facts provided for each state in the interactive map below, to inform your conversations and effectively make the case for policies, programs and strategies for improving the odds for children. We must keep moving forward.

Download the Full Report, Factsheets and Two-Page Overview

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Overview Housing and Homelessness Child Welfare
Moments/Each Day in America Child Hunger and Nutrition Juvenile Justice
Child Population Child Health Gun Violence
Child Poverty Early Childhood International Comparisons
Income and Wealth Inequality Education Endnotes

State Factsheets

Alabama Florida Louisiana Nebraska Oklahoma Vermont
Alaska Georgia Maine Nevada Oregon Virginia
Arizona Hawaii Maryland New Hampshire Pennsylvania Washington
Arkansas Idaho Massachusetts New Jersey Rhode Island West Virginia
California Illinois Michigan New Mexico South Carolina Wisconsin
Colorado Indiana Minnesota New York South Dakota Wyoming
Connecticut Iowa Mississippi North Carolina Tennessee United States
Delaware Kansas Missouri North Dakota Texas  
District of Columbia Kentucky Montana Ohio Utah All Factsheets

Media Kit

Press Release
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MaryLee Allen
Director of Policy
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