This scorecard tracks the county-level results and indicators for Cecil County.
Safety is considered a priority due in part to unacceptably high rates and/or adverse trends in juvenile crime and high rates of substance abuse in the community. Risk factors influencing juvenile criminal behavior include a lack of educational and job opportunities, family violence and inadequate supervision. In order for the young people of Cecil County to grow into successful adults, they require a foundation in their homes and community that is solid and safe. Further, when Cecil’s parents and community members struggle with addiction, children experience higher rates of maltreatment and are frequently unsafe in their own homes. When Cecil’s youth engage in juvenile crime, they are less productive in society and they limit their educational, earning, and overall potential to become independent, self-sufficient adults who make a positive contribution to the County.
School completion is noted as a priority because too few of Cecil County’s high school youth are graduating having met the requirements to enter the University System of Maryland (48% of Cecil’s graduates vs. 61% of the state’s graduates).This further impacts the proportion of the Cecil County population over 25 who obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher (20.4% in Cecil County in 2012, and 36.9% average statewide).
School success is considered a priority due largely to the reduced economic and educational opportunities available to youth who have not received a high school diploma. These young people are more likely to spend their lives periodically unemployed, on government assistance, and earning an average of nearly 30% less than their peers who complete high school.
Stable and economically independent families are considered a priority due to the increasingly high rates of homeless children and families eligible for Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) in school.Further, lack of job training, the sluggish economic recovery in Cecil County, and a lack of educational success all contribute to economic instability.