Mississippi Forum on Children and Families
Deepest Spring in the Heart:
Kids Count Mississippi, 1994 Data Book
Volume I

Mississippi Forum on Children and Families (Jackson)
Paperback (1994), 38 pp.

This first volume in the now annual Kids Count Mississippi Data Book reveals that Mississippi ranks last or near last in almost every critical measure of child well-being.

The book uses twelve indicators of child well-being. Each indicator is defined to explain its significance as a measure for children and is organized by each of the state's 82 counties.

Indicators include low birth-weight babies, infant mortality rate, percentage of children living in poverty, WIC participation, students eligible for free lunch, children living in single parent families, child death rate, teen violent death rate, high school graduation rate, teens ages 16-19 not in school and not in the labor force and juvenile incarcerations.

The volume includes statistical data, graphs, sources, narrative and excerpts from and photographs of Mississippi writers. It also includes suggestions for improving living conditions for children in Mississippi.

(Adapted from the opening narrative)