About 5,500 more Davidson County children were living in poverty in 2010 than were the year before, according to a report on youth health and development (PDF here).
In Davidson County alone, 30.7 percent of children were in poverty that year, a swift uptick from holding steady around 25 percent years before, according to data compiled by the Tennessee Commissioner for Children and Youth in the annual Kids Count report released Thursday.
“Some stress is inevitable in life,” read the report. “Experiencing a chronic stressful condition, such as neglect or abuse, persistent poverty and severe maternal depression, is called toxic stress and can disrupt developing brain architecture.”
Between one in four children living in poverty and one in three receiving food stamps, the stresses factor on Tennessee’s children needs to be addressed, according to the Kids Count report from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.
In 2010, Tennessee saw an uptick of 30,000 more children living in poverty, a 7.8 percent increase over the year before.
The study pulled statistics from the state departments of children’s services, education, finance, health, human services and labor.
While the report found more poor children, it also found a slight dip in the number of babies born to unmarried females, a drop in the teen pregnancy and birth rates and the number of infant deaths.
The report comes at a time when DCS is attracting attention for systematic problems within the agency ranging from software issues tracking child welfare cases to instances where children had died.