Kids Matter! - 2008
Highlights from the 2008 Kids Matter! report...
- Almost 10% of births in 2007 were low birth weight. Very low birth weight births have averaged around 2.1%.
- The infant mortality rate in 2007 was 8.7 per 1,000. Although lower than previous years, statistically this single year data does not necessarily reflect a decreasing trend in rates.
- In 2007, the rate of teen births for females (ages 15-19) was 55.8 per 1,000. The rate of teen pregnancies for females (ages 15-17) was 44.9 per 1,000, and 32.1% of teen pregnancies to females (ages 15-19) were repeat pregnancies. Black females have significantly higher teen birth rates, teen pregnancy rates, and repeat pregnancy rates.
- The rate of teen violent deaths has surged since 2005 to a rate of 47.5 per 100,000 in 2007.
- The number of reported sexually transmitted diseases has trended upward since 2005 to the 893 cases reported in 2007.
Children Ready for and Succeeding in School
- There were fewer public school 3rd graders over age in grade in 2008-2009, while the numbers for 5th and 9th graders have increased from the previous year.
- The 5,898 public school students (15.6%) suspended out of school in 2008-2009 represents a decrease from the previous school year.
- Truancy has consistently declined over years, with there being 5,291 public school students (14.6%) truant in 2008-2009.
- The number of public school students who completely drop out of school has consistently declined, with the lowest number (295 dropouts) evident in 2008-2009.
- The 64% of public school high school students who graduated in 2007-2008 represents an increase over the previous school year.
Strong Families & Neighborhoods
- Reports to Child Protective Services increased to 1,666 in 2008, with 618 of them being substantiated cases.
- There were 1,625 youth served in Juvenile Court in 2008, resulting in a total of 4,742 charges. Black males represented 62% of the delinquent referrals.
- There were 133 youth committed to the state in 2008, representing an increase from the previous year.
- 1,205 juveniles (ages 16 and under) were arrested in 2008, which was an increase from the previous year.
- 23.8% of children (ages 18 and under) live below poverty in Chatham County, compared to 34.3% in Savannah. 42% of single female headed households with related children under 18 years of age live below poverty in Chatham, compared to 47.5% in Savannah.
- The adjusted median household income for Chatham is $45,647, compared to $35,241 for Savannah.
- There were 20,982 public school students eligible to receive free or reduced cost school lunch in 2008-2009, representing 64% of the school population.