Read these new statistics!
When you are done reading, if you feel that the Public School system is failing our children, think again.
Our children’s primary care starts in the home!!!
386,449 children live in West Virginia:
844 are American Indian/Alaska Native
2,829 are Asian/Pacific Islander
7,724 are Hispanic
8,813 are two or more races
19,283 are Black
347,750 are White, non-Hispanic
In West Virginia:
A child is abused or neglected every 2 hours.
A child dies before his or her first birthday every 2 days.
A child or teen is killed by gunfire every 37 days.
Early Childhood Development in West Virginia
Percent of children under age 6 with all parents in the labor force 57.1%
Number of children served by Head Start 8,767
Number of children served by the Child Care Development Fund/CCDBG 7,000
Average annual cost of child care for a four-year-old in a center $4,560
Percent of 3-year-olds enrolled in state pre-k, Head Start, or special education programs 19.5%
Percent of 4-year-olds enrolled in state pre-k, Head Start, or special education programs 73.3%
Education in West Virginia
Annual expenditure per prisoner $35,725
Annual expenditure per public school pupil $9,440
Percent of public school fourth graders:
Unable to read at grade level 74%
Unable to do math at grade level 72%
Percent of public school eighth graders:
Unable to read at grade level 78%
Unable to do math at grade level 81%
Number of high school students who drop out of school annually 8,539
Child Welfare in West Virginia
Number of children who are victims of abuse and neglect 5,473
Number of children in foster care 4,237
Number of children adopted from foster care 541
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren 19,310
Youth at Risk in West Virginia
Percent of 16- to 19-year-olds not enrolled in schools that are not high school graduates 8.8%
Averaged freshman high school graduation rate 77.3%
Percent of 16- to 19-year-olds unemployed 22.8%
Number of juvenile arrests 2,244
Number of children and teens in juvenile residential facilities 570
Ratio of cost per prisoner to cost per public school pupil 3.8
Number of children and teens killed by firearms: 10
3 homicides; 4 suicides; 2 accidents; and 1 undetermined