Percent of Babies Born to Teen Mothers
Children born to teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely, to be born at a low birth weight, and to die as infants, compared with children born to mothers in their twenties and early thirties. An analysis of the economic costs of teen childbearing suggests that it costs society $28 billion annually in lost productivity (of both the teenage parents and particularly, of their children). Because teen childbearing has detrimental effects on the well-being of both the baby and the teenage mother, it is critical that we invest in and implement evidence-based strategies and programs proven to reduce the number of babies born to teen mothers.
US: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention MO: Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA). Accessed at http://health.mo.gov/data/mica/MICA/. 2020 data. IL: Illinois Department of Public Health. Freedom of Information Act request. 2020 data.
Dropping out of high school is associated with significant negative life outcomes that have a dramatic impact on the overall well-being of both the dropout and the wider community. A range of factors have been shown to increase a student’s risk of dropping out, including high rates of absenteeism, low levels of school engagement, low parental education, work or family responsibilities, and attending a school with lower achievement scores. While the dropout rate has been declining among all youth for decades, disparities continue to persist, with Black and Hispanic youth continuing to drop out at the highest rates.
US: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) MO: Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Missouri Comprehensive Data System. Accessed at https://apps.dese.mo.gov/
MCDS/home.aspx. Data from school year 2021. IL: Illinois State Board of Education. Illinois Report Card. Accessed at https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/. Data from 2021 school year.
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