America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2021
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America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2021

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    The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a wonderful example of how Federal agencies can increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and accessibility of the government by working across agency boundaries to collaborate and innovate. The Forum was chartered in April 1997 through Executive Order No. 13045. It has since been successfully bringing together (from a very decentralized system) high-quality information that the public and policymakers can easily access and understand about our Nation’s children and youth. Working together, Federal agencies are able to set priorities on what information to collect; develop new methods for collecting such information; improve the communication of information on the status of children to the policy community and the general public; and produce more complete data on children at the Federal, state, and local levels.

    America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2021, is a compendium of indicators about our Nation’s young people. The report, the 24th produced by the Forum, presents 41 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives. These indicators are drawn from our most reliable Federal statistics, are easily understood by broad audiences, are objectively based on substantial research, are balanced so that no single area of children’s lives dominates the report, are measured often to show trends over time, and are representative of large segments of the population rather than one particular group.

    The report continues to present key indicators in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. To ensure that the information stays relevant, the Forum periodically revises indicators, data sources, and features to maintain the relevance of the report.

    Recommended citation: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. America’s children: Key national indicators of well-being, 2021. U.S. Government Printing Office.

    This report was printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office in cooperation with the National Center for Health Statistics, September 2021.


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