The State of Our Keiki & O`pio

In 1998, the Legislature adopted six general outcomes regarding the well-being of children and youth in Hawaii. Here is a brief report of indicators that measure progress toward achieving the Child Outcomes of HCR 38:


Every child will thrive physically & be healthy from birth with ongoing access to good health care, have a safe home, school, and community environment.

Indicator
1995
1997
% Change
Trend
% births with early prenatal care
81.2
81.3
0.1
Same
% children with health insurance
93.1
93.1
0.0
Same
Rate of child abuse and neglect (per 1,000, birth-17)
7.4
8.3
12.2
Worse
% high school students threatened or injured with a weapon on school property
5
6
20.0
Worse


Every child will form positive relationships & have the attention of at least one caring adult and supportive friendships with peers.

Indicator
1995
1997
% Change
Trend
% of children in single parent families
22
21
-4.6
Better
% high school students talked about HIV/AIDS with parents or other adult family members
54
52
-3.7
Worse
% of families regularly spending time together in recreational or cultural activities
n.a.
*
 
 


Every child will be prepared for and succeed in school & have developmentally nurturing care and early education opportunities, meet age-appropriate knowledge and competencies, and graduate from high school.

Indicator
1995
1997
% Change
Trend
% children 0-3 identified as at-risk for developmental delays
6.9
6.6
-4.4
Worse
% poverty-related 4-yr.-olds in preschool program
69.5
*
 
?
% 3rd graders scoring average and above & math
80.8
81.3
0.6
Better
% 8th graders scoring average and above -- reading
70.6
68.6
-2.8
Worse


Every child will be culturally aware and appreciative of diversity.

Indicator
1995
1997
% Change
Trend
% of families regularly engaged in cultural practices
n.a.
*
   


Every child and youth will choose responsible behaviors & exhibit respect for himself or herself, others of every age, and society by refreining from drug use and from sexual and illegal activity.

Indicator
1995
1997
% Change
Trend
Rate of juvenile arrests for violent crimes
288
335
16.3
Worse
Teen pregnancy rate (ages 15-17)
51.5
45.4
-11.8
Better
% high school students currently smoking
32
29
-9.4
Better
% high school students currently using alcohol
41
40
-2.4
Better
% high school students currently using marijuana
24
24
0.0
Same


Every youth will develop marketable skills enabling successful transition into adulthood.

Indicator
1995
1997
% Change
Trend
% of teens (16-19) not in school, not working
10
8
20.0
Better
% of high school students seriously considering suicide (during past year)
26
27
3.9
Worse
% of public school seniors who graduate
89.4
87.9
-1.7
Worse

*data collection underway - results not available.

Definitions, data sources, and methodology available upon request.

This information compiled and prepared at the request of the Keiki Caucus, Hawai`I State Legislature, by:

Hawai`i Kids Count
University of Hawai`i - Manoa Center on the Family
2515 Campus Rd. - Miller 103
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
ph: 1-808-956-4136
fax: 1-808-956-4147
email: marciah@hawaii.edu


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