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Harris County Shows Progess in Children’s Issues

Child advocates gathered in Houston today to take a step back to see what progress has been made and what work remains regarding children’s issues in Harris County. The Center for Public Policy Priorities tracks how children are fairing in Harris County and across the nation by looking at numbers. For example, how many children […]

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Child advocates gathered in Houston today to take a step back to see what progress has been made and what work remains regarding children’s issues in Harris County.

The Center for Public Policy Priorities tracks how children are fairing in Harris County and across the nation by looking at numbers. For example, how many children are living in poverty, how many are dropping out of school and how many are abused to name a few categories. Frances Deviney directs the Texas Kids Count. She says Texas and Harris County have seen some improvement, especially among teenagers.

The juvenile violent crime rate has declined. Deviney believes that’s because of alternative education programs that take at-risk and disruptive children out of standard public schools. The rate of child abuse and neglect has also declined, but Deviney is not so sure those numbers tell a positive story.

In other areas, indicators of child well being in the community are beginning to tick back up after declining in the late 1990s. Deviney says lack of pre-natal care and infant mortality rate for example are starting to go back up after declines last decade.

And those monies started to dry up when the economy faultered. The CPPP puts the data together for child advocates to use with policy makers.

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