CHILDREN AGES 0-5 AND THEIR FAMILIES
There are young children living in 7% of our local households, just slightly more than the state of Indiana (6%).
Households with 
Young Children
2014 
 IN 6% 7%
1,556 Households
For just one child to receive high quality early care, a local family in poverty spends about 33% of their gross income. The state average is 42%.
Percent of Income Families in Poverty Pay for High Quality Care
2015 
 IN 42% 33%
There are 22,227 young children living in the Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, and Posey County region of Indiana.
Locally, a smaller percentage of young children live in poverty (23%), compared to Indiana (26%). Still, nearly 1 out of every 4 child lives in poverty.
Population of 
Young Children
2015 22,227
Young Children 
in Poverty
2014 
 
IN 26% 23%
5,112 Children
HIGH QUALITY EARLY CARE AND CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
48% of local children, nearly 1 in 2, are in known programs considered high quality, compared to the state where only 1 in 3 children are in known high quality care (34%).
Young Children in Known Programs of High Quality
2015 
 IN 34% 48%
3,734
Of those young children in the region who need care, just 34%, or one-third, are in care considered high quality. Only 1 out of 10 children (13%) needing care are in high quality care in the state.
Young Children in Need of Care in High Quality Care
2015 
 IN 13% 34%
5,382 Children
7,713 young children, or 1 of every 3 (35%), is cared for in a known program, with 2 in 3 children in care of unknown quality. In the state, just 26% of children are cared for in a program of known quality.
There are 16,003 local young children who require care because their parents/ guardians work. An average of 72% of local children need care compared to 66% of children in the state.
Young Children Enrolled 
in Known Programs
2015
 IN 26% 7,713
35%
Young Children in 
Need of Care
2015 
 IN 66% 16,003 72%
SCHOOL READINESS AND SUCCESS FACTORS
There is currently no universal system for assessment of kindergarten readiness in our region.
Children Ready for School ?
Similar to the state (73%), 3 out of 4 local 3rd graders meet reading benchmarks. 1 out of 4 is at risk of not having necessary reading skills for future academic success. [IN Dept. of Education]
3rd Graders Proficient in Reading
2015
 IN 73% 74%
Locally, on average, 88% of children eligible for kindergarten are enrolled, just slightly lower than the state (90%).
On average, 7% of local kindergarten students are retained and not promoted on to first grade. This rate is slightly higher than the state (5%).
Children Enrolled in Kindergarten
2016




 IN 90% 88%
Children Retained in Kindergarten
2016




 IN 5% 7%