Vision for Children at Risk has released the 2017-18 Children of Metropolitan St. Louis report containing community data on over 40 indicators of child well-being. These indicators cover Family Support, Maternal & Child Health, Early Childhood Development, Quality Education, and Safe Neighborhoods & Strong Communities. Data is available by ZIP code across the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County in Missouri, along with Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois. This marks the 10th edition of this report first published in 1991.

The CMSL report also is important because it illustrates the wide disparities and inequities that exist in the St. Louis region between affluent, largely white areas, and poor areas with mostly minority populations.

Copies of the report may be purchased for $25 each plus $5 shipping and handling. Quantity discounts available.

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Questions? Vision for Children at Risk at 314-534-6015,

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New indicators in this edition of the CMSL include:

  • Percent of children without health insurance
  • Percent of families with all parent(s) in the workforce
  • Percent of housing units that are vacant
  • Detailed breakdown of child care capacity and cost data by type of care and age
  • Additional educational data including percent of students who are homeless, percent of students proficient/advanced 3rd Grade reading, and percent of students entering a 2/4-year college or university

The child well-being data reported in the CMSL are reported at the ZIP code or school district level (depending on the indicator).  VCR feels it is critical that the data are reported at this level as it allows for a more detailed examination of the issues confronting the St. Louis region.  Furthermore, it allows us to better identify areas and patterns of inequity and to better target strategies, interventions, programs, and resources.