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Montana Lagging in Child Well-being
During the past few years, Montana families and children have experienced a range of positive developments, but these improvements have not changed existing disparity gaps. Montana ranks 24th out of 50 states in child well-being.
In the next 10 years, at least 130,000 working Montanans will retire. With an aging population, Montana''s labor force will only grow by 4,100 workers per year for the next 10 years (Wagner, 2015). Given current trends, there will simply not be enough workers to fill the projected annual job growth of 6,500 to continue to grow Montana''s economy. Montana must find strategies to increase labor force participation so businesses have the workers they need.
When Iris Owen found out she was pregnant with twins, she was thrilled- and then terrified. A certified public accountant at Anderson ZurMuehlen''s Missoula office, Owen didn''t know how she would be able to continue her career with not just one, but two infants. After the twins were born, Owen had a few health complications and took four months off to stay at home. "If I didn''t work for a company that was so supportive, I might not have gone back to work," she said. Now her girls are 18 months old, and the tax accountant has a flexible schedule, working more hours January through April (tax season) and three-quarters time during the rest of the year.
Early Childhood Education - Investment Brings Big Results
Research on the return on investment in high-quality early childhood education shows short- and long-term savings of between $4 and $12 for every dollar invested. Though the evidence is overwhelming, Montana is one of the only eight states that does not provide funding for preschool.
Report: Eight Years to Get Montana Kids on Track
Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT
An Annie E. Casey Foundation report released today explains that the state should invest more in children''s early years, and high-quality preschool is vital.
The Economic Status of Women in Montana - How Far Have We Come Since Montana Elected the First Congresswoman?
Celia C. Winkler and Kathy J. Kuipers
While women now participate equally in the wage economy and earn a majority of all bachelor''s degrees, this has not led to financial equality. Women do not share equally in the economic well-being of the state.
Migration and Montana's Changing Deomgraphics
Douglas J. Young and Grant Zimmerman
Migration had dramatic impacts on Montana during the past two decades, affecting the total population, its distribution between rural and urban areas, and composition by age, including school-age populations.
The American Community Survey - A Bevy of Information
James T. Sylvester
How rich or poor are Americans? Where do they work, and what training do they have for their jobs? What languages do they speak? The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey that provides answers to questions like these and gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services.
Graduation Counts - Connection Between Education and the Economy
Daphne Herling, Thale Dillon
The 2011 national high school graduation rate was 75 percent. The remaining 25 percent, about 1.2 million high school seniors across the country, did not attain a high school diploma.
The Working Poor
In Montana, 34 percent of working families are low income, or have household incomes below the federal poverty threshold of $18,530 for a three-person household.
An increasing number of people in Montana are living on the financial edge, where even a small change in a family situation can cause an immediate plunge into poverty. Food insecurity and hunger issues affect many Montana families.
2011 Kids Count Data Book - Montana Fact Sheet
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
A fact sheet outlining key indicators of the well being of Montana's children, including data on birth rates, death rates, children in poverty and other important indicators.
Being an accomplished reader is one of the most important markers for future academic success. Many of our nation's children struggle to learn how to read and continue struggling until they graduate from high school (or drop out), barely literate. In fact, the current pool of qualified high school graduates is neither large enough nor skilled enough to supply our nation's workforce.
Though Montana finds itself on the periphery of the 'obesity epidemic', there is no denying that the trend is on an upward trajectory even here. In fact, national trends indicate that today's child population is on track to leading shorter, less healthy lives than their parents for the first time in recent history. However, children in our state are more active and less obese than the U.S. norm, and they spend less time in front of a TV and/or computer screen.
Over one-third of Montana children ages 0-5 have parents who have had to make last-minute changes in their child care arrangements and/or have had their work-life adversely affected by child care problems. Parents of young children make up a large sector of Montana's workforce, making child care and early education important economic and societal issues - not just insulated issues of the home. Early childhood programs and systems affect both the current and future workforce; involving business and community members is critical.
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) needed information about citizens'' perceptions regarding seat belt use, child safety seat use, and possible laws governing their use. This information is one important component that will be used to inform MDT''s long-range planning process.
Economic Returns for Investing in Children's Health
Montana's uninsured rate for children is one of the highest in the country. Children without regular health care are at a developmental, social, and educational disadvantage. Insuring more Montana children offers a positive economic payback of more than $2.50 to Montanans for every state $1 expanded, a rate of return that complements other positive impacts of more health investments in the state's children.
Reclaiming American Indian Maternal and Infant Health
Thale Dillon, Christine Rinki, and Jennifer Giroux
American Indian infants in the Rocky Mountains and on the Northern Plains die more frequently than white infants in the region, making infant death one of the major health problems facing tribes and urban Indians in the area. Health statistics are readily available in practically every area for whites in the region but are lacking within the American Indian community. Without this data, existing disparities cannot be addressed.
Substance Abuse - Montana Rates Higher Than National Rates
Thale Dillon, Julie Ehlers, and Daphne Herling
Data show Montana youth drinking, using tobacco and illegal drugs, and drinking and driving at higher rates than the rest of the country. The two most prevalent substance abuse activities among Montana youth are binge drinking and smoking marijuana. While Montana youth aren't smoking cigarettes at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the country, smokeless tobacco use among all 8th, 10th and 12th graders is 7 percentage points higher than the national average. The authors report these and other finding from the 2007 Montana Kids Count such as family characteristics and demographics, social and economic status, health care and other factors affecting Montana children.
Research shows that the use of technology, such as the Internet, has positive impacts on health outcomes and academic performance; it also provides economic opportunity to young people and increases civic involvement in local communities. However, if a child lives in a low-income, rural household, his or her chances of getting online are diminished. In Montana, 34 percent of the state's children live in households earning $30,000 or less and most of the state is considered rural. With these factors combined, Montana must work hard to overcome a growing digital divide.
Children's Health Insurance Coverage Rates Decline
Health care spending the in the United Sates continues to have a major impact on the national economy. Even with the increase in spending, 18 percent of Americans under age 65 do not have any health insurance. The lack of federal level reform has lead many states to enact changes to control the level of spending. Montana has made several incremental changes to address the rate of uninsured in the state. However, despite Montana's strong economic growth, the prospect of improvement in the state's uninsured rate is not strong.
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