About This Report

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) was chartered in 1997 by the authority of Executive Order No. 13045. The Forum fosters collaboration among 23 Federal agencies that (1) produce and/or use statistical data on children and (2) seek to improve Federal data on those children. This year's report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2023, provides the Nation with carefully selected key national indicators of our children's well-being and monitors changes in these indicators. The purposes of this report are to improve reporting of Federal data on children and families; make the most relevant data on the well-being of children and their families available in an easy-to-use, nontechnical format; stimulate discussions among policymakers, data providers, and the public; and cultivate relationships between the statistical and policy communities.

New to this year's report is an indicator modification highlighting the prevalence of disability among children ages 5–17. This indicator uses the Washington Group on Disability Statistics' (WG) Short Set Composite Disability Indicator from the National Center for Health Statistics' (NCHS) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). It replaces the previous HEALTH5 (Activity Limitation) indicator, which was discontinued with the 2019 NHIS redesign.

A Special Feature on Enrollment Rates of Young Children is also new this year. This Special Feature is produced by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and uses household-reported data from the 2010–2021 October School Enrollment supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS). These data describe school enrollment rates of children ages 3 to 5 before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.