Friday, July 22, 2011

Child Risk Calculator

Smiling babyFor young children living in low-income families, there are a number of risk factors that increase the likelihood that the child will experience poor outcomes in their health, education and development throughout their lifetime.

The National Center for Children in Poverty has developed a new tool to calculate how common each of these risk factors are within each state.The Young Child Risk Calculator allows you to enter your desired state, age range, and income level, and then choose from seven different risk factors(including having a large family, being the child of a single parent or a teen mom, and living in a household with no English speakers) to calculate the percentage of the population that falls into that category. You can choose one or more factors to compare the different risks within a state. This tool could aid legislators in identifying the largest communities of at-risk low-income youth in Pennsylvania.

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