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Literacy is related to listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Before a child even starts school, they are able to build foundational skills in literacy. These early skills, such as oral language, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and letter writing, are connected to long-term school performance. Achieving reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical marker in a child’s educational development because by fourth-grade children are expected to use reading to learn other subjects

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The transferal of resources between generations contributes to a child’s family’s wealth and helps build their assets throughout their lifetimes.  

Our data report explores the factors impacting the wealth gap and provides actionable strategies to leverage the data for a more equitable future. 

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As adults, we all understand the benefits of being healthy and recognize the importance of vaccines and preventative care for our overall health. Preventive care can look different for many ages and genders, so what does that look like for our youth?  

Childhood vaccinations and preventive care often detect and prevent conditions and diseases in their earlier, more treatable stages, significantly reducing the risk of potential illness, disability, early death, and expensive medical care. 

IYI’s recently published Data Report: Children’s Access to Immunizations and Preventive Care, highlights state data, as well as examines barriers to obtaining vaccines and preventive care, the history of medical discrimination, and provides insight into how to leverage data on the local, state, and national level.  

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IYI’s recently published Data Report: Youth in the Justice Systemhighlights data indicating that historical and current school discipline practices and polices continue to disproportionately push some kids of color out of the classroom and into the juvenile justice system, leading to severe long-term outcomes in education, economic well-being, and health. 

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As employment and household income has staggered and declined during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indiana, thousands of Hoosiers could soon face eviction due to their inability to pay rent.

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We want you to have access to great data.

This data and research source guide lists some of our favorite trusted and reliable sources that you can use in your work with Indiana’s kids.

In addition to links to each source, the guide indicates whether:

  • Data is available at national, state, county and/or more specific local levels.
  • Data is disaggregated by race, gender, place, income, and/or other related indicators.
  • Data is accessible through dashboards, interactive visualizations, downloadable reports and/or raw data.

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Hoosier youth are the hidden victims of the opioid epidemic. The statewide crisis has a negative impact on child well-being, families and communities. Hoosiers are more likely to die from a drug overdose than car crashes and gun homicides combined. In 2017, Indiana’s rate of fatal overdoses was 25.7 per 100,000. This is significantly above the national average of 22.4, ranking Indiana’s overdose death rate as the 15th highest in the nation.

  • In 2017, 1,138 Hoosiers died from an opioid overdose, a rate of 17.1 deaths per 100,000 Indiana residents.
  • In 2016, opioid overdose deaths were most common among white (89.8%), followed by black (8.9%) and all other Hoosiers (1.3%).
  • 83 out of the 92 Indiana counties had at least one non-fatal emergency department visit involving any opioid in 2017.

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Indiana ranks 48th for child abuse and neglect which puts children’s safety at risk and impacts future well-being across a lifetime.

Reporting

The Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline serves as the central reporting center for child maltreatment allegations.

  • The total number of calls made to the Indiana Child Abuse an dNeglect Hotline in 2018 was 203,602, an increase of 30.6% since 2012.
  • In 2018, the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline handled 242,994 reports; this has increased by 36.9% since 2012.
  • Every adult in the state of Indiana is a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect. Any adult who has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected is required to call the Department of Child Services: 1-800-800-5556.

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Hoosier youth health is threatened by the harmful effects of tobacco use. Youth vaping is on the rise and is associated with a likelihood of increasing the use of both e-cigarettes and cigarettes in the future.

The use of any type of tobacco product is unsafe for young people. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States. All types of tobacco products are harmful and any exposure to tobacco smoke can cause immediate and long-term damage.

  • 3,700 Hoosier children under 18 become new daily smokers each year.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start before age 18.
  • Youth are sensitive to nicotine addiction and feel dependence earlier than adults. Nicotine addiction prolongs tobacco use and leads to severe health consequences.
  • As the brain continues developing until age 25, adolescent use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine can harm the part of the brain responsible for mood, learning and impulse control.

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