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2019 Newark Kids Count: A City profile of Child Well-Being

Jan 1, 2019

This data book assesses the well-being of children in Newark, New Jersey and provides the latest statistics and trend data in areas such as demographics, family economic security, food insecurity, child health, child protection, childcare, education, and teens. It also features a special section on young men of color in Newark in an attempt to identify how they respond to opportunities and challenges and understand the causes and implications of systematic inequality. 

  • Young men in Newark have aspirations for themselves and have dreams of pursuing meaningful careers; they describe the unpredictability of growing in a city as a rollercoaster; and they want to be challenged, respected, valued, and engaged in the classroom.
  • Black or African Americans represent about 50 percent of the young male population (15- to 24-year-old) and 35 percent live below the poverty level.
  • In a total of 413 homeless males students from all grades attending public schools in Newark, 224 are Black.
  • For 2012-2016, in a total 162 males death by injury, 134 were Black, and homicide was the major injury type.
  • In 2017, admission to detention disproportionately involved African American males.
  • In 2017-2018, Black or African American students represented the highest enrollment rate in alternative high schools, followed by Charter high schools.
  • In 2017-2018, compared to White and Hispanic male students, school absenteeism rates were higher for Black male in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, and the second to highest for 12th grade.
  • In 2017, public schools graduation rates was lowest for Black students compared to White and Hispanic students.