This scorecard tracks the county-level results and indicators for Baltimore County.
Infant health influences health and development throughout childhood and into adulthood. For example, a baby born of low birth weight may be cognitively, behaviorally and physically delayed resulting in lower educational attainment and long term adverse health effects including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The issue of whether or not children are safe cuts across all age groups, from birth through age 18. To be safe in his/her family and community is the most basic and inalienable right of any child. The extent to which children are safe in their families and communities is truly reflective of the health of their communities and the ability of these communities to produce healthy, productive citizens.” The number of juvenile referrals (in Baltimore County, almost all referrals to DJS are due to arrests) is particularly important as it reflects a number of other risk factors associated with juvenile offending including child maltreatment, family violence, gang involvement, substance abuse, mental health issues, school suspensions and expulsions, poor academic achievement, etc.
A child who enters school ready to succeed has been influenced by a myriad of forces from pre-conception through infancy, toddlerhood and during the preschool years. These experiences either prepare the child for success or set up obstacles that will be barriers to learning. Research has proven that early investments in children and families create a solid foundation for school success, and that the relationship of cognitive and emotional development to school readiness and ensuing success is critical.
Out of home placements are important to the community because County data illustrate that the outcomes are poor for a large number of children/youth placed out of home. In many cases, children/youth do not return to their families for long periods of time, if at all. Severing the parent-child bond, even in cases of abuse, neglect, or other family problems, can have profound implications on child/youth development.